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Your Guide to Understanding Prescription Drug Lawsuits

Much like the medical devices we discussed last week, prescription drugs have also resulted in patient deaths or injuries. Victims of dangerous prescription drugs have sought justice by filing lawsuits. When discussing prescription drug lawsuits, Accutane is one of the most widely known examples. Accutane was FDA approved in 1982, and sold by Hoffmann-La Roche as a drug used to treat severe acne. Several years after enjoying success, the drug came under scrutiny for increasing the risk of fetal deformities. Accutane’s unfavorable place in the public spotlight was far from over, and the drug became extremely controversial in the late 1990s for causing adverse psychiatric effects and irritable bowel syndrome. The FDA investigated hundreds of cases involving suicide, psychosis, major psychiatric problems and ulcerative colitis linked to Accutane. By 2009, Hoffman-La Roche pulled the drug from the market as the cost of lawsuits became greater than profits. Why did Hoffman-La…
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