Accutane Lawsuit Removed from Pennsylvania to Florida
Perry Larkin | November 6th, 2012
On October 4, 2012, an Accutane litigation filed by plaintiff James A. Gaines was removed from Pennsylvania to Federal Court jurisdiction in the Middle District of Florida in Tampa. The case was being heard in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas—where an Accutane mass tort was being handled—and was removed due to federal diversity jurisdiction.
Plaintiff Gaines was prescribed Accutane by his doctor and he claims to have suffered severe injuries after taking the medication.
Accutane linked to severe gastrointestinal problems
Accutane was first approved by the FDA to be distributed in the United States in 1982 and is designed to treat severe acne breakouts. In studies prior to its approval on 523 patients, some type of gastrointestinal complications occurred in 21.6 percent of them. The FDA was concerned about this, but approved the medication anyway.
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Gaines started taking Accutane in 1998. At the time, side effects such as Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and other problems had yet to be listed as side effects of the drug. In June of 2007, Gaines suffered a bleeding ulcer, colonic hypertension, and inflammatory bowel disease. Symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease include fatigue, rectal bleeding, abdominal pain, cramping, and gastrointestinal bleeding.
The plaintiff claims that he was unaware of the connection between Accutane and his permanent gastrointestinal issues. He states that had he known of the connection between the drug and these serious side effects, he would never have taken it.
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Plaintiff seeks compensation for multiple claims
Accutane is manufactured and distributed by Hoffman-LaRoche, Roche Laboratories, and others and it was these defendants who lobbied for the case to be removed from Pennsylvania to Florida. The side effects from the medication are painful and, in certain cases, irreversible and only manageable if the sufferer follows a strict diet.
The plaintiff seeks compensation through claims of strict product liability, breach of express and implied warranties, negligence, and others.
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