In the past, we have blogged about the dangerous acne drug, Accutane, and how it has caused Inflammatory Bowel Disease in some of the people taking the drug. An eight-person jury in Atlantic, New Jersey recently found that the maker of Accutane, Hoffman-La Roche failed to provide adequate warning of the possible adverse side effects of the drug. The jury awarded damages totaling $12.89 million to be apportioned among the three plaintiffs, now in their mid-to-late twenties. They were teenagers when they took Accutane to fight acne.
The jury deliberated just four hours before awarding the three the large settlement. The verdict capped a five-week trial in New Jersey State Superior Court. The three plaintiffs were all from Florida, and all were prescribed Accutane nearly ten years ago while still in their teens. All three suffer with IBD at various stages. One plaintiff will soon be having his colon surgically removed, and two plaintiffs will be on medication for the rest of their lives.
If you or a loved one has suffered after taking a dangerous drug, please contact the experienced product liability attorneys at Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A. today to schedule your confidential, no-cost consultation.