Patient claims acne medication caused Crohn's Disease and sues prescribing doctor

Michelle Keahey Jan. 23, 2012, 2:39am


NEW ORLEANS - After being diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, an Assumption Parish resident has filed a lawsuit against a local doctor for prescribing an acne medication that he claims caused the disease.

Herbert claims defendant Ricardo Mora, M.D. prescribed Accutane, a brand name for isotretinoin, to treat his acne in 2009.

Herbert states he began suffering from dry, swollen lips, dry eyes and headaches and his acne became worse. After a month of treatment, the prescription was discontinued. More than a year later, Herbert was put in the hospital and diagnosed with Crohn's Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease.

Herbert argues that the disease was caused by the acne drug.

Defendant Barr Laboratories is accused of violating the Louisiana Products Liability Act by constructing, composing, manufacturing, marketing and distributed a defective and unreasonably dangerous drug.
Defendant Mora is accused of violating the standard of care applicable to dermatology by prescribing 40 mg of isotretinoin.

The plaintiff is seeking damages for medical expenses, loss of earnings and earning capacity, physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, scarring and disfigurement, court costs and interest.

Herbert is represented by Donald W. Price of Due, Price, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews in Baton Rouge and Plaquemine attorney Allen J. Myles.

U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey is assigned to the case.

Case No. 2:12-cv-00082

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