Accutane and IBD Info

Accutane and IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

In 2006, a report published in the "American Journal of Gastroenterology" found that out of 85 IBD cases reported between 1997 and 2002 to the FDA, it was “highly probable” or “probable” that 62 were caused by Accutane.   Accutane has been associated with the onset of IBD in patients without a prior history of intestinal disorders.   

IBD Warning On Label

IBD is now listed as a warning on Accutane's product information label, noting that symptoms have been reported to persist after use of Accutane has ceased. The warning also states that Accutane users who experience abdominal pain, rectal bleeding or severe diarrhea should stop using Accutane immediately. Additionally, Accutane's medication guide states, "certain symptoms may mean that your internal organs are being damaged. These organs include the liver, pancreas, intestines, and esophagus (connection between mouth and stomach). If your organs are damaged, they may not get better even after you stop taking Accutane."

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

IBD refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines: ulcerative colitis  and Crohn's disease. 

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease of the large intestine, also called the colon. In ulcerative colitis, the inner lining of the intestine becomes inflamed and develops ulcers. Ulcerative colitis is often the most severe in the rectal area, which can cause frequent diarrhea. Mucus and blood often appear in the stool of IBD sufferers if the lining of the colon is damaged.

Crohn's disease differs from ulcerative colitis in the areas of the bowel it involves - it most commonly affects the last part of the small intestine (called the terminal ileum) and parts of the large intestine. However, Crohn's disease isn't limited to these areas and can attack any part of the digestive tract. Crohn's disease causes inflammation that extends much deeper into the layers of the intestinal wall than ulcerative colitis does. Crohn's disease generally tends to involve the entire bowel wall, whereas ulcerative colitis affects only the lining of the bowel.

Therapies involving anti-inflammatory drugs and immunosuppressive agents are the most common treatments for these diseases.  In severe cases of ulcerative colitis, removal of the colon and even the rectum may be necessary. In the case of Crohn's disease, doctors will try to avoid surgery if at all possible, because of serious complications that can occur. People with either form of  IBD usually suffer a limited quality of life due to the pain, liver problems, arthritis, vomiting, weight loss, and other troubling symptoms of the disease. Those with IBD also have an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

 


Verdicts & Settlements

Scott has been involved in numerous and diverse settlements and verdicts throughout his 18 year legal career.  He prides himself on taking care of the injured people he represents.  Scott has represented individuals from almost every state in the country and can point to settlements involving millions of dollars. Whether it be a faulty medical device, a flawed manufacturing process, a failed prescription drug or some other issue that has caused personal injury, Scott has the experience, determination and the integrity to represent a client’s interests aggressively and see that justice is served. The following examples are but a few of recent notable accomplishments:

  • Hundreds of Scott’s clients from numerous states received monetary awards in the Silicone breast implant litigation. These cases involved defective leaking or ruptured silicone implants which caused significant injury, illness and/or damage to women who relied on the manufactures of the implants.  Scott worked with the women all the way through to verdict or settlement and was responsible for ultimately settling client cases for millions of dollars.

  • Scott represented clients in the Rezulin litigation which involved a drug used by diabetics. The FDA ultimately removed the drug from the market due to liver and cardiac adverse events. Scott was involved in hundreds of hours of document review and depositions in the U.S. and Europe.  He deposed corporate witnesses who designed, manufactured, marketed and sold the drug and his clients received exceptional settlements.

  • Scott and his partner Ed Blizzard were involved in representing hundreds of individuals who suffered as a result of defective Sulzer hip and knee implant replacement joints.  Scott and Ed worked at both the state and federal level and were instrumental in developing documents and deposing corporate witnesses so that ultimately a global settlement of all claims was announced.  Scott and Ed were able to secure millions in settlement for their clients.

  • Scott represented many clients who encountered problems as a result of the diet drugs Pondimin and Redux.  He was involved with discovery committees, reviewed thousands of documents and deposed many corporate witnesses.  He tried many of these cases to verdict receiving large settlements for his clients. In December 2000, Scott tried a case in Philadelphia for two ladies from Utah who developed heart valve damage after taking the diet drug combination known as Fen-Phen. After a two week trial the jury awarded each of his clients $100 million dollars. This $200 million dollar verdict stands today as the largest Fen-Phen valvular heart disease verdict in the country. Because of this verdict, Scott was inducted into the Million Dollar and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

  • Scott’s clients in the Ephedra litigation were compensated well for the damages they suffered.  These cases involved  products such as Herbalife, Dexatrim, Stacker and Hydroxicut that were associated with heart attacks and strokes. He was heavily involved in developing justification documents and taking corporate depositions that ultimately led to large dollar settlements for his clients.  

Most recently, Scott began working on Paxil birth defect cases. Paxil is an antidepressant still used by millions of Americans daily.  In recent years, however, it has been associated with significant heart defects when ingested by women during the first trimester of a pregnancy.  Scott has been actively prosecuting these cases against GSK, maker of the drug. One of his cases was the first to be set for trial.  The case was resolved in favor of Scott’s client.

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