A high profile trial this week in New Jersey promises to put the acne drug, Accutane, on the hot seat.
Actor James Marshall (A Few Good Men, Twin Peaks) has filed a lawsuit against Roche Holding AG, maker of Accutane, claiming the drug caused bowel problems so severe that his colon had to be removed. A number of actors are expected to testify on his behalf about the lost wages Marshall has experienced as a result of his ruined career, reports ConsumerAffairs.com.
Marshall, who has similar looks to James Dean, was taking Accutane for treatment of acne.
There are up to 1,000 similar lawsuits in a number of jurisdictions across the country presently filed against Roche. So far in seven cases, the jury has decided to rule against the company and it has cost $56 million.
This case is being heard in New Jersey Superior Court, the same place where another Accutane trial concluded in February. In that case, the plaintiff, Andrew McCarrell, also claimed the loss of his colon was due to irritable bowel syndrome he developed after taking Accutane. McCarrell won at trial and the jury awarded him $2.6 million in 2007. After Roche appealed, the case was reheard. This time the jury awarded McCarrell more than $25 million.
Other Side Effects
Accutane has also been blamed for causing suicidal thoughts in teen users with the FDA conservatively reporting 190 suicides linked to Accutane since its approval in 1982.
Because of the risk of birth defects, in March 2006, the FDA initiated a program that allowed the drug to be taken by women, if they are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, only if they and their doctor registered with the iPLEDGE program.
After multiple verdicts, Roche finally pulled Accutane from the U.S. market in July 2009 after it had already been pulled from the market in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Portugal and Spain.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a drug approved by the FDA, you may have a product liability action against the manufacturer for putting a defective product into the marketplace and failing to issue an adequate warning about the drug’s dangers. The Florida Accutane attorneys at Farah & Farah can offer guidance if you or a loved one has experienced serious side effects from this medication.