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Is It Too Late To File An Accutane Lawsuit



Accutane is a defective drug that has led to a number of acute and chronic gastrointestinal problems and conditions. As of August 2010, there were seven successful lawsuits against Hoffman-LaRoche, the Swiss pharmaceutical manufacturer responsible for the defective drug. With many more filed in 2011 and, as of the end of the year, eight more cases being selected for hearings, you still have a chance to receive financial compensation for your illness brought on by Accutane.

The most lucrative lawsuit thus far was filed by Andrew McCarrell of New Jersey, who received damages of $25 million due to his acute Crohn's Disease being linked to the drug.

If you have the following diseases, you may be able to file an Accutane lawsuit:

  • Crohn's Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Filing An Accutane Lawsuit Retroactively

Because past Accutane use can build up in the body so that it affects you in the present, you may be suffering adverse effects even if you no longer use the drug. Indeed, Roche stopped manufacturing the drug in 2010 due to related lawsuits leading to losses of over $50 million. However, the FDA did not rule that generic manufacturers of Isotretinoin, the active ingredient in Accutane, should stop making it. Therefore, if you currently take Sotret, Amnesteem, Claravis, Isotret, Decutan or others, you may still file a lawsuit.

The only time-related issue when it comes to Accutane lawsuits is the statute of limitations. In most states, this statute extends from 2-5 years following the first signs of abnormal side-effects of the medicine. Therefore, if you've been complaining of abnormal stomach conditions for over a year and you've taken Accutane or any medication with Isotretinoin, you should consider contacting a defective drug attorney as soon as possible.

Class Action Lawsuits

Due to the relatively slow nature of Accutane lawsuit settlements, lawyers in both New Jersey's Atlantic County and in Florida are utilizing mass torts and multidistrict legislation to involve thousands of plaintiffs at once in a class action lawsuit. This may be a better option for you. Be sure to find and contact a lawyer today!

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