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Accutane Side Effects

A federal appeals court in Atlanta is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over whether a U.S. district court judge in Florida should have dismissed testimony from an expert witness who would have testified that the anti-acne drug Accutane is linked to medical problems.

The argument is central to the case for nine plaintiffs who say the medication, distributed by New Jersey-based Hoffmann-La Roche, caused adverse health effects.

Similar lawsuits have also had some moderate success.

A Florida jury awarded $7 million in 2007 to a man who had most of his colon removed after suffering from a disease apparently caused by Accutane. The company is appealing that decision.

Isotretinoin is a medication used for the treatment of severe acne. It is sometimes used as a chemotherapy medication for prevention and treatment of certain skin cancers. In some cases, it is used to treat Harlequin type ichthyosis. It is a retinoid, meaning it derives from vitamin A and is found in small quantities naturally in the body.

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