A Swimmer's Career Cut Short
Conor was an “A” student and elite swimmer, on the way to earning a collegiate swimming scholarship. In 2011 he was diagnosed with colitis—inflammation of the colon and large intestine—after taking Claravis, the generic version of Accutane, a drug used to treat acne.
As a result of the drug, Conor was bedridden. He spent months in the hospital lost 50 pounds. He also dropped out of high school, forgoing the prospect of the swimming scholarship. Conor's colitis required surgery to remove part of his colon and large intestine.
Because his colitis was caused by the generic version of Accutane and not the brand version, his family has no legal recourse for any of his medical bills. Instead, Conor’s health insurance and family were responsible for over $500,000 in medical bills.