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1 The Fox Law Firm is Reviewing Potential ACCUTANE Claims. In the United States, jury trials have awarded at least $33 million dollars to patients as compensation for injuries attributed to Accutane use. The total number of claims against Roche Holding Ltd., the maker of Accutane, is believed to exceed 5,000, with at least 425 injury cases pending. After the outcome of these jury trials, Roche Pharmaceuticals notified the FDA that they were immediately discontinuing the distribution and manufacture of Accutane in the United States. One of the reasons given by Roche for the decision was the high cost of personal-injury lawsuits. About Accutane Accutane, also known by the generic name Isotretinoin, has been used by about 13 million people since it first became available in Its primary use is for the treatment of severe cystic or nodular acne, in patients who fail to respond to other acne treatments such as antibiotics. Accutane works by reducing the amount of oil released by oil-glands in the skin, and helps the skin to renew itself. It was Roche's second-biggest selling drug until the patent expired in 2003, at which time generic versions could be sold. Other names for these generic versions of Isotretinoin/ Accutane are Amnesteem, Claravis, Clarus, Decutan, Isotane, Izotek, Oratane, Sotret, Isotrex, and Isotrexin. Side Effects of Accutane Side effects experienced by patients taking Accutane include severe headaches, nosebleeds, blurred vision, dizziness, vomiting, nausea, seizures, stroke, and muscle weakness. It has also been connected 1 / 5

2 with birth defects, thyroid disorders, pancreatitis and lupus. Along with other side-effects, Accutane is suspected as a possible cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Even after treatment with Accutane has been discontinued, these serious digestive disorders can persist. While Crohn's disease has no known cure, ulcerative colitis can often be cured by surgery, but surgical removal of the large intestine and/or colon are as permanent and life-changing as the disease itself. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is the label for a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon and small intestine. The main forms of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. While the diseases have features in common, there are important differences. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and sores (ulcers) in the lining of the rectum and colon. The sores form when inflammation kills the cells that line the colon, which then bleeds and produces pus. The main symptom of the disease is recurrent diarrhea mixed with blood. Mucus may also appear in the stool if the lining of the colon is damaged. 2 / 5

3 Symptoms of ulcerative colitis can include: Rectal bleeding Severe stomach, chest, or bowel pain Urgent need to go to the bathroom Bloody diarrhea, sometimes with mucus Crohn's disease causes deeper inflammation than Ulcerative Colitis. It can potentially affect other parts of the digestive system, including the small intestine, anus, esophagus, mouth and stomach. Common symptoms of Crohn's disease may include: Severe stomach, chest, or bowel pain Diarrhea Vomiting Weight loss Difficult or painful swallowing Do not discontinue taking any medication, including Accutane, without first consulting with a physician. If you, a loved one, or a friend have been prescribed Accutane and experienced any of these symptoms, please contact us 3 / 5

4 immediately for a free consultation. Who We Are The Fox Law Firm provides legal information and resources for injured individuals and their families in all 50 States. Our affiliated attorneys have successfully represented thousands of individuals in a wide variety of practice areas in federal and state courts throughout the United States. Because The Fox Law Firm has its cases fully prepared for trial and has the trial experience to succeed before a jury, most cases reach positive settlements prior to trial. The Fox Law Firm's affiliated attorneys have successfully represented thousands of individuals and have obtained over six hundred million dollars ($600,000,000.00) in settlements or jury verdicts for their clients. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to accept your case, we will work on a contingent fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if 4 / 5

5 there is a monetary award or recovery of funds. Do not delay - your rights and your compensation could be lost. If you or a loved one or friend is injured and may have a potential legal claim, call The Fox Law Firm now at FOX-FIRM 5 / 5

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