Accutane, a drug used to treat severe acne, has been prescribed to more than 13 million patients worldwide. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to birth defects, suicide and depression, and inflammatory bowel disease.
A jury recently awarded $2.6 million to a man who claimed Accutane caused his inflammatory bowel disease. The man was prescribed Accutane and took it for four months. Shortly thereafter, he began suffering from inflammatory bowel disease so severe that he had to have his colon removed.
The man argued successfully that the drug manufacturer failed to adequately warn of the serious side effects associated with the drug.