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Parents: Acne Med Caused Son's Suicide

Oct 9, 2003 | AP

The parents of a teenage Palo Alto boy who threw himself in front of a train are suing the makers of an acne drug they blame for his suicide.

Barry and Laurie Wertheimer filed an Accutane lawsuit against drug giant Hoffmann-La Roche in Santa Clara County Superior Court this week over their controversial acne treatment drug.

The Wertheimers' Accutane attorney charges the company with negligence, fraud and deceit, and medical negligence among other things.

The New Jersey-based drug company argues that Accutane has been safely prescribed to 13 million patients worldwide during the two decades it's been available.

Steven Wertheimer stepped in front of a speeding Amtrak train on the morning of October 7, 2002.

Authorities say young Werthheimer was last prescribed a two-week supply of the drug five months before his suicide.

And the FDA says that between 1982 and 2000, 147 people taking Accutane either committed suicide or tried to a much lower rate than for all US citizens ages 15 to 24. Unfortunately, Accutane depression and suicidal thoughts are only few examples of all the drug’s adverse reactions.

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