Have you or someone you know previously taken the acne medication Accutane? Many people who took Accutane suffer from serious gastrointestinal symptoms, specifically inflammatory bowel disease and related symptoms.

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Recent reports from Health Canada, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and well-documented medical research from highly respected medical journals have all drawn attention to the potentially dangerous side effects associated with using Accutane. In 2009, Accutane’s manufacturer, Hoffmann-La Roche, indicated on its website that it had decided to discontinue the manufacture and distribution of Accutane in the United States due to rapidly declining product sales and an increasing number of personal injury claims being made.

To help Canadians who have been injured as a result of taking Accutane receive compensation, two Canadian law firms, Legate & Associates and Harrison Pensa LLP, have joined forces. The two firms are now accepting Canadian clients who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease as a result of their experience with Accutane.

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Roche's 2003 Accutane Warning Label:

Roche Accutane Warning Label 2003

Accutane (Isotretinoin) is a Vitamin A derivative known as a Retinoid which is sold under other pharmaceutical brand-names such as Amnesteen, Sotret, Roaccutane, Clarus, Oratane, Isotane, and Claravis. Accutane has been praised for being extremely useful as a treatment for severe, nodular forms of acne, but has been criticized for its inadequate labeling warning users and medical professionals about the drug’s effects on the gastrointestinal tract. As a result, medical and legal controversy has emerged involving these potentially dangerous and debilitating side effects. The severity of these side effects has become the subject of litigation in the Canadian and United States’ judicial systems where thousands of lawsuits have been filed against Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche).

The law firms, Legate & Associates and Harrison Pensa, believe that Roche and the generic drug companies did not adequately warn the public about the severity of Accutane’s side effects and the severe harm it could do to a patient’s health.

If you took Accutane and have since been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, or ulcerative colitis, we want to help. Our team of experienced and highly skilled lawyers at both Legate & Associates and Harrison Pensa are dedicated to litigating claims for people who have been injured due to taking Accutane.

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