No Justice for Gabe
Gabe took a generic form of Accutane called Claravis for mild acne. He developed ulcerative colitis, a recognized possible side-effect from the drug causing an inflamed digestive tract and colon. His colitis was so painful it forced him to withdraw from his first year at Harvard. In and out of the hospital for months, Gabe endured three surgeries, lost 40 pounds, and eventually had his entire large intestine removed. Because Gabe took the generic version of Accutane -- and not the brand -- his legal rights for his injuries are limited. The Supreme Court decision Pliva v. Mensing meant that Gabe's family and insurance ended up carrying the burden of hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
For more of Gabe’s story, see the piece he wrote for his school newspaper.