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First Accutane Case Results in Loss For Roche – NJ Jury Awards Victim $2.5M

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A jury in Atlantic City, New Jersey has found Swiss drug giant Roche responsible for problems caused by the acne drug, Accutane. They awarded $2.5 million to Andrew McCarrell, 36, of Alabama who doctors said suffered severe inflamatory bowel disease as a result of taking the Accutane. The jury deliberated three days before reaching their verdict.

This was the first Accutane case to go to trial and there are about 400 others in line to be tried. Roche promised an appeal and disagreed with the verdict. The suit was filed in New Jesey because Roche’s USA unit, Hoffman-LaRoche, Inc. is based in Nutley, NJ. The drug was first introduced in 1982 and has also been linked to birth defects and depression.