How long will it take until Accutane suits are settled?
Thousands of individuals have filed Accutane suits as a result of bowel problems from Accutane, and the number of new cases continues to grow. While Accutane settlement agreements have been reportedly reached in some cases, the drug maker is continuing to defend the lawsuits and it is unknown how long it will take for the Accutane bowel disease litigation to resolve.
The suits involve allegations that Roche, the original manufacturer of Accutane (isotretinoin), failed to adequately research the acne medication or warn about the risk of severe and permanent bowel problems from Accutane.
Several studies have linked side effects of Accutane and its generic equivalents to:
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease from Accutane
- Ulcerative Colitis from Accutane
- Crohn’s Disease from Accutane
Despite several losses at trial and a decision to withdraw Accutane from the market in 2009 due to the costs associated with defending mounting bowel injury suits, Roche continues to defend cases and any individuals who join the litigation now should expect that it may take several years for their Accutane lawsuit to be settled or go to trial.
As of October 2010, Roche has lost all Accutane bowel disease suits that have gone to trial, resulting in jury awards totaling more than $50 million.
The largest Accutane damage award was hand down in February 2010 in a case filed by Andrew McCarrell, who developed IBD after using Accutane in 1995, resulting in five surgeries and the removal of his colon. McCarrell received a jury award of $25.16 million.
In early May 2010, following its string of losses, Roche reportedly agreed to a pre-trial Accutane settlement in a case that was set to go to trial in Madison County Circuit Court in Illinois. The case was set to go to trial in April 2010, just two months after McCarrell’s verdict, but was delayed as the parties continued to negotiate a settlement.
Although each case will be judged on their individual merits, our lawyers believe that the continued success of plaintiffs at trial is likely to eventually lead to an agreement by Roche to settle Accutane lawsuits.
ACCUTANTE SETTLEMENT LAWYERS
The Accutane lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are continuing to review potential lawsuits for individuals who may be entitled to financial compensation as a result of Accutane bowel problems. All Accutane attorney fees are contingent on a settlement or financial recovery by our clients, which means that there is never a fee unless we win your case.
To review a potential suit for yourself, a friend or family member with an Accutane settlement lawyer, request a free consultation by completing our on-line form or call our law firm toll free at 1 (800) 522-0102.