What is Accutane?
Isotretinoin, which was marketed under the name Accutane, was considered by some as an effective treatment for severe acne. It was considered a drug of last resort when users had not responded to more traditional and safer treatments such as creams and pills. Accutane has been a highly controversial drug over the last decade with the Swiss drugmaker Roche spending millions of dollars defending themselves against lawsuits. Due to the high cost of litigation and the move of generic brands into the market Roche stopped selling Accutane in 2009. Since the discontinuation of the marketing and selling of Accutane generic forms of the drugs have entered the market. Currently, the generic form of the drug isotretinoin is sold under the generic names Claravis, Sotret and Amnesteem. Continued side-effects with the generics also exist. For example, users can still suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, depression and suicide.