Accutane

08 Oct: Accutane is off the US market, but Claravis and generic version remain

Millions of people suffer from severe, debilitating acne that does not respond to over-the-counter treatments such as acne washes and benzoyl peroxide, and even acne prescription medications. Ongoing severe acne can cause physical effects such as pain, infection, and scarring, and social and emotional effects such as shame and low self-esteem. According to the Acne Resource Center: Of the 85% of teenagers (between the ages of 12 and 24) that suffer from acne, 25% will have permanent scars ranging from severe to light. The American Dermatologist Association finds that: 20% of all adults have active acne 60 million Americans have active acne 20 million Americans have acne badly enough to cause scars. Acne affects people regardless of age, gender or…

20 May: The latest verdict against Accutane

Last month, a New Jersey jury awarded a Utah woman named Kamie Kendall $10.5 million for damage done by the acne drug Accutane, one of a series of recent successful lawsuits against the drug’s maker, Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. The court found that Hoffman-LaRoche did not adequately warn consumers of the drug’s risks and side effects. A lawyer on the winning side states: It’s a very dangerous drug – it causes birth defects, it causes psychosis, it causes IBD. When you’ve got a drug like this you shouldn’t mince words at all, which is at the heart of the case. No question that’s been our point, and in three cases, we’ve won $2.5 million, then just over $7 million, then now almost…