Florida Jury Awards Pensacola Man $7 Million In Products Liability Lawsuit Against Accutane Manufacturer Hoffman-La Roche
Adam Mason, a 31-year-old Pensacola resident, was awarded $7 million by a Florida jury in his dangerous drugs lawsuit against Swiss drug manufacturer Hoffman-La Roche. The drug maker failed to warn Mason that using the acne drug Accutane could lead to a gastrointestinal disease called inflammatory bowel disease. Mason had to have surgery to remove his colon after he developed the disease. Mason says that because of the surgery he can no longer work as a welder. Mason also was able to obtain settlements from his doctor and West Florida Medical Center after he filed medical malpractice lawsuits against them. His case is 1 of over 400 inflammatory disease-Accutane-related cases against the Swiss drug maker. In another case, Andy McCarrell won $2.6 million for his lawsuit that cited similar side effects. Accutane is a controversial acne drug that has been linked to depression, birth defects, suicidal tendencies, and psychological disorders. A USA Today news article from 2004 says that Hoffman-La Roche opted not to issue stronger warnings about potential side effects because they were worried the warnings would negatively affect sales. Hoffman-La Roche now includes in its packaging that Accutane can lead to possible psychological side effects. The packaging also warns users that Accutane use can lead to inflammatory bowel disease (but not many details are provided). It also continues to insist that the connection between IBD and Accutane is not definite. In 2004, an FDA researcher recommended to a US Senate panel that the acne drug be investigated in case a recall was warranted. A drug manufacturer can be held liable for a dangerous or defective drug if a user becomes injured, sick, or dies from taking the medication. Sometimes, a drug maker will send a drug into the marketplace without conducting proper testing. A drug may also come with insufficient warnings about potential side effects and proper use. In some instances, drug manufacturers may promote and manufacture a drug in a way that generates sales rather than ensures the users’ safety. These are negligent actions by pharmaceutical makers who can be held liable for personal injury or wrongful death. Related Web Resources: Accutane, American Osteopathic College of Dermatology In South Florida, The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. has represented many personal injury clients in their defective products claims and lawsuits against pharmaceutical makers of dangerous or defective drugs. We are not afraid to go up against large drug manufacturers to make sure that you obtain your recovery. Contact The Law Office of John D. Ameen, P.A. today and ask for your free case evaluation.