Accutane Birth Defects, Pregnancy Lawsuits.
Birth defects have have been linked to Accutane, the acne medication, and no pregnant woman should be prescribed the drug. Our lawyers represent women forced to have abortions because of Accutane, as well as children with birth defects related to the drug.
According to the drugs warning label there is an extremely high risk of birth defects if a woman becomes pregnant while using Accutane. The risks exist even if the drug is used only briefly. Often a woman is taking accutane during the first 2-3 weeks after conception and may be unaware she is pregnant. There are an estimated 3000 Americans with accuatne-realted birth defects. Birth defects caused by Accutane may include:
Cleft lip and palate
Hydrocephaly (fluid in the brain)
Microcephaly (born with a small head)
Various Mental retardation
Ear and eye defects
Brain Injury at birth
If you believe Accutane is responsible for a birth defect or miscarriage, please contact us in confidence using our case submission form below.
Accutane Suicide and Depression.
Accutane has been linked to cases of suicide and severe depression. How this trigger occurs is unclear, but researchers believe the heavy concentration of vitamin A , which in high doses has been linked to depression and suicide, may be part of the problem. The medication is considered to be highly effective in treating acne, but doctors who prescribe the drug are warned by the insert (required by the FDA since 1998) to monitor their patients for signs of "depression, psychosis, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and suicide.''
Two high profile incidents of youth suicide have caught the nation's attention.
-Congressman's Rep. Bart Stupak says his 17-year-old son committed suicide after using the medicine at a prom-night party.
-A Florida youth on Accutane flew his plane into a Tampa Office tower (this case is being handled by lawyers in our network of counsel)
Overall the FDA has received reports of 66 suicides and 1,373 cases of psychiatric problems among Accutane users. These reports prompted the FDA to change its rules relating to the drug so that doctors must now get patients to sign a consent form. The form is produced by Accutane's maker, Roche Pharmaceuticals. It says the patient understands all the risks associated with Accutane, including depression and suicide. Pharmacists must also hand out a detailed warning brochure from the FDA, called a Medguide. Accutane is one of just three drugs in the United States that has ever be required to come with a Medguide.
If you or a family member have suffered serious side effects or committed suicide after using Accutane, you or the family member may be eligible to file a claim against the drug manufacturer. Contact an attorney below to discuss your legal rights at no cost or obligation.
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