A New Jersey jury awarded $2.62 million in a products liability suit to a man who took accutane, a drug used to treat acne. After taking the medication for about four months, the plaintiff suffered from a known side effect of accutane, inflammatory bowel disease. When taking accutane, the plaintiff’s symptoms started out as chapped lips and achy knees. However, when the plaintiff continued to suffer pain almost a year after he stopped taking the medication, doctors diagnosed the plaintiff with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
As a result of this disease, the plaintiff had to undergo partial removal of his rectum and removal of nearly all of his colon. For several years after the surgery, the plaintiff had to use a colostomy bag. After a second surgery to reconnect the remains of his anus and rectum, the plaintiff now suffers from permanent diarrhea.
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