Though initially developed as a chemotherapy drug, isotretinoin was discovered to be quite effective in treating severe acne (including cystic or nodular acne). This synthetic form of Vitamin A was so effective at treating severe acne, that it was quickly marketed as a treatment for common acne. Isotretinoin has been marketed under the following brand names: Accutane, Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a lot of information about the risks of Accutane. On March 28, 2007, the FDA issued the following statement, “The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a special Web page to warn consumers about the dangers of buying isotretinoin (Accutane) online. Isotretinoin is a drug approved for the treatment of severe recalcitrant nodular acne that does not respond to antibiotics. Improperly used, isotretinoin can cause severe side effects, including birth defects. Serious mental health problems have also been reported with isotretinoin use. The Web page, http://www.fda.gov/buyonline/accutane, will be positioned as a search result on Google and other search engines when a consumer initiates an online search for the drug under any one of its four names (Isotretinoin is sold under the brand name of Accutane and in generic versions called Amnesteem, Claravis, and Sotret.) The web page warns that the drug “should only be taken under the close supervision” of a physician or a pharmacist, and provides links to helpful information, including ways to check that drugs purchased online come from legitimate pharmacies.
Accutane patients who have suffered birth defects, miscarriage, depression, suicide, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease have been bringing lawsuits against Roche, the manufacturer of Accutane. If your physician has prescribed Accutae for you, you should immediately discuss whether there are safer alternative drugs for you. After weighing the risks and benefits, you and your physician can determine what drug is best for you. If you or a loved one live in California, have taken Accutane, and have suffered birth defect, miscarriage, depression, suicide, ulcerative colitis, or Crohn’s disease , you should know that attorney and physician Paul J. Molinaro is available to answer your legal questions and help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation from the manufacturer of this drug. You can reach Paul J. Molinaro, M.D. J.D. toll free at (888)MDJDLAW. The initial consultation is also free, and if Paul determines that you have a case, and you decide to hire Paul, he will represent you on a contingent basis.