Depakote Lawsuit

Recent studies have identified Depakote use during pregnancy as a potential risk factor for the development of major birth defects among infants. An emerging body of research has indicated that women who take Depakote or other anticonvulsants while pregnant may have a significantly increased risk of giving birth to children with one or more serious congenital malformations. In light of this information, the FDA issued a safety announcement in 2009 warning patients and healthcare providers about the increased risk of birth defects like craniofacial malformations, heart defects and neural tube defects among infants exposed to valproate (Depakote) in utero. If you took Depakote during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, fill out the Depakote Claim Review Form to discuss with a Depakote attorney the benefits of filing a Depakote lawsuit against the drug maker.

Depakote falls into the category of anticonvulsants, drugs originally developed as a primary treatment for epilepsy. In recent years however, many anticonvulsants have been approved for additional purposes, and some have even been prescribed for off-label uses. Depakote has been on the U.S. market since 1983 and has since been indicated for the treatment of epilepsy, seizures, and bipolar disorder, and for the prevention of migraine headaches. Depakote works by slowing down the firing of certain impulses in the brain which are responsible for causing seizures. Depakote is currently manufactured by Abbott Laboratories.

Potential Depakote Birth Defect Dangers

Researchers have been examining the adverse effects of fetal exposure to anticonvulsants like Depakote for several years. In 2001, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study in which researchers found that Depakote and other anticonvulsants are one of the most common causes of potential harm to a fetus in utero. As other studies evaluate the potential dangers of Depakote use, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of this medication, especially in treating pregnant women or women of childbearing age. Several Depakote class action lawsuits have already been filed against Abbott Laboratories by dozens of parents across the country who believe their children have been affected by the anticonvulsant side effects. These lawsuits accuse Abbott of being aware of the dangers of Depakote and failing to adequately warn patients of these potential risks.

Depakote Lawsuits for Birth Defects

Several Depakote side effect studies have indicated a potential connection between the use of Depakote during pregnancy and the development of severe birth defects like:

  • Spina bifida
  • Neural tube defects
  • Heart defects
  • Fetal death
  • Growth retardation
  • Cleft palate
  • Skeletal defects
  • Developmental delay
  • Anencephaly
  • Hypoplasia
  • Hydranencephaly
  • Facial dysmorphism
  • Hand deformations
  • Hypoplastic right heart syndrome
  • Iniencephaly
  • Fetal valproate syndrome
  • Autism

Due to the possibility of Depakote to cause serious birth defects among infants, the FDA has classified Depakote as a pregnancy category D medication. This means there is positive human evidence of the drug's potential to cause severe harm to a fetus when taken during pregnancy.

How a Depakote Lawsuit Can Help Birth Defect Victims

If you took Depakote during pregnancy and your child was born with a major birth defect, contact a Depakote lawyer to discuss the benefits of filing a Depakote lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories. The main goal of Depakote lawsuits and Depakote class action lawsuits is to seek financial compensation for your injuries, the medical expenses resulting from injury treatment, and the pain and suffering endured by you and your family. Depakote lawsuits also bring much-needed attention to the importance of safe medications and the need for more stringent regulations on the dangerous drugs already on the market. The birth defects allegedly linked to Depakote use during pregnancy are serious and will likely require extensive medical treatment. Unfortunately, this can result in costly medical bills, which can be an overwhelming financial burden for many families. By filing a Depakote lawsuit against Abbott, you can collect the compensation you deserve and protect yourself and your family from further harm.

File a Depakote Lawsuit for Help

Most birth defects occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, before many women are even aware they are pregnant. Due to the potential for Depakote to cause major fetal harm, the FDA has advised physicians to avoid prescribing Depakote to women of childbearing age, especially for conditions not usually associated with permanent injury or death. If you or a loved one has suffered from a birth defect and you believed Depakote to be the cause, fill out the Depakote Claim Review Form to contact a qualified Depakote attorney. You may have grounds to file a Depakote lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories in order to seek the financial compensation you are entitled to. Following a birth defect diagnosis, the families of victims deserve adequate time to concentrate on caring for their child without having to worry about filing a defective drug lawsuit as well. Fortunately, Depakote lawyers are well-versed in defective drug litigation, and also have access to important components of your case, including medical records, insurance documents, and the testimonies of medical and scientific professionals. With the help of an experienced Depakote attorney, you can file a Depakote lawsuit against Abbott and hold the drug company responsible for your injuries.

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