Victims of Accutane side effects don’t have to be alone in battling big pharmaceutical companies if they hire an Accutane attorney to stand by their side.
Accutane was once considered the most effective anti-acne drug on the market during the 1980’s and ‘90’s, as well as a promising treatment for brain and pancreatic cancer. This prescription medication (generic name: isotretinoin) has since gained a reputation of causing an ever-growing list of adverse and potentially severe side effects such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, brain abnormalities, birth defects, and loss of vision. In addition, the drug has been linked to Crohn’s Disease, ulcerative colitis, and mental problems like psychosis and aggression. The list of possible side effects continues with allergic reactions, back and joint pain, hearing loss, high cholesterol, convulsions, and blood sugar issues.
Any of those undesired effects can be life-altering and pose a significant threat to the quality of life for victims and their families. Most can lead to poor performance on the job and ultimately loss of income or employment, hospitalization, high medical expenses, even disability.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has since issued a warning label for the medication, but the drug is still available by prescription. Beginning in 2006, distribution of the medication in the United States has been limited to a website that requires doctors, pharmacists, and patients to register in order to obtain isotretinoin. Women of childbearing age, in particular, are under strict monitoring because the incident rate of birth defects is dangerously high. Since 1982, approximately 25-35 percent of children born to mothers who took Accutane during pregnancy reportedly suffered physical malformations and heart defects. Countless more are living with learning disabilities and other afflictions.
Patients who take isotretinoin and experience adverse symptoms should consult their doctor and ask whether they should stop taking the drug immediately and get a thorough physical evaluation. If their health has been negatively affected, they may want to contact a reputable Accutane attorney. A knowledgeable Accutane attorney is familiar with the medication and its potentially devastating side effects. He or she is also aware of the legal statutes and resources that may bring some relief for victims.
Taking on a major pharmaceutical company in a legal setting can be intimidating, but victims do not have to walk that road alone. An Accutane attorney will protect the rights of the victims while working diligently to obtain the compensation necessary to allow families to move forward with their lives.
Many times, an Accutane attorney will attempt to achieve a settlement with the defendant(s) first in an effort to avoid court proceedings. If all attempts to reach a fair agreement fail, the lawyer will generally confront the defendant(s) in a court of law, protecting the victim’s rights by presenting the case for the consideration by a judge or jury. The lawyer may be able to help put victims and their families back on sound financial footing. They will fight for the reimbursement of past and future loss of wages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship where applicable and more.