The popular medication Depakote has recently been linked to a variety of birth defects in children whose mothers took the drug while pregnant.
The medication has been on the market since 1983 to help manage brain activity and treat conditions like epilepsy, seizures, migraines and bipolar disorder. Recently, however, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against its use among pregnant women.
Women who took Depakote while pregnant and whose children were born with a birth defect may be entitled to compensation through a Depakote lawsuit. Contact the experienced team of class action lawyers at Lynch Law Firm, PC today for a free, no obligation consultation to learn more about your legal options. We do not get paid unless you win.
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Birth Defects from Depakote
Depakote belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants, which have been approved by the FDA to treat seizures, manic or mixed episodes from bipolar disorder, and to prevent migraine headaches.
Although it has been beneficial for many people, Depakote has been linked to birth defects in children whose mothers took the medication while pregnant.
Some reported birth defects from Depakote include:
- Cleft palate
- Congenital cardiac defects
- Craniofacial defects
- Heart defects
- Hypoplasia (underdevelopment)
- Limb deformity
- Neural tube defects
- Spina bifida
If you took Depakote while pregnant and your child experienced any of these birth defects, contact the experienced attorneys at Lynch Law Firm, PC today.
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FDA Warns About Depakote Birth Defects
According to a 2006 study published in the journal Neurology, one in five women who took the drug had pregnancies that resulted in birth defects or fetal death. Following this study, the FDA issued a black box warning for the drug advising of the increased risk of birth defects.
Just three years later, in 2009, the FDA issued another warning focused on the increased risks of neural tube defects, craniofacial defects and cardiovascular malformations for babies exposed to Depakote during pregnancy.
Then in 2011, the FDA issued another warning citing several studies that showed that children born to women taking Depakote during pregnancy tend to score lower on IQ and other cognitive tests.
Unfortunately, these warnings came too late for many women. After decades on the market, countless women had been prescribed Depakote without knowledge of the dangers it posed to their unborn children.
Because of this, lawsuits have been filed against the drug’s maker Abbott Laboratories claiming that it failed to warn of the dangers of its drug, which is one of its legal obligations.
Through a Depakote lawsuit, our accomplished lawyers can help you hold this negligent manufacturer accountable for the harm it has caused your child.
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Filing a Depakote Lawsuit
Abbott Laboratories has a long record of improperly handling its drugs. In 2012, the company reached a $3 million settlement with the state of Arkansas for marketing its drug for unapproved uses. It also pled guilty to federal charges for improperly marketing to dementia patients.
At Lynch Law Firm, PC, we firmly believe in holding corporations accountable for the harm they cause consumers. Our attorneys always have our clients’ best interests in mind and work tirelessly to help them get the justice and compensation they deserve from large corporations that place profit ahead of the health and well-being of consumers.
If you took Depakote during pregnancy and your child suffered from birth defects, we can help you fight for the compensation you need for medical bills and other expenses. We have the experience and resources needed to file a Depakote lawsuit and take on this large corporation.
Contact Lynch Law Firm, PC today to get started fighting for your rights and the rights of your injured child. We offer a free, no obligation consultation and do not charge any legal fees unless you recover compensation.