Walmer, South Africa: Accutane inflammatory bowel disease can, and does, happen anywhere. And even while Hoffmann-La Roche Inc., the manufacturer of Accutane removed their original version from the market in 2009 due to ‘market pressures,’ the medication designed to treat severe acne is still available in generic form [isotretinoin, which is a form of vitamin A], and continues to be sold outside the US as Roaccutane by Hoffmann-La Roche.
Jane Sonekus is from Walmer, South Africa. But her story could easily have happened here. Sonekus was writing to a local newspaper column dispensing legal advice in her native country. Here’s what she wrote:
“My doctor has prescribed medication for acne and as a result I have developed ulcerative colitis. I have had a partial removal of the large bowel. I was not warned of these side effects and the doctor has absolved himself from any responsibility, claiming I have to sue the manufacturer. I have been unable to work. As a result, my career has stagnated and I fear because of all the sick leave I have taken, I may be boarded.”