In the first of 400 suits to be tried over the acne drug Accutane’s propensity to cause inflammatory bowel disease, an Atlantic County, N.J., jury has assessed $2.62 million in damages against Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. and its Swiss parent company.
However, the jury of six women and four men did not award punitive damages under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act because they found insufficient evidence the manufacturer intentionally failed to warn the drug can cause IBD.
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