Lawsuits Allege That These Birth Defects Are Tied to Depakote® Use
Research shows that Depakote may interfere in fetal development when taken during pregnancy, a risk that has led the FDA to classify Depakote as a pregnancy Category X medication for certain uses. This means that “the risk of use in pregnant women clearly outweighs any possible benefit of the drug.” Among the birth defects associated with Depakote use in pregnancy are the following:
If your child was born with one or more of these malformations, and you believe Depakote to be the cause, fill out the case review form to speak to a knowledgeable Depakote lawyer today.
In addition to physical birth defects like spina bifida and heart malformations, Depakote use in pregnancy may also result in a number of other complications for babies and young children. Recent studies have shown that children exposed to Depakote in utero may suffer from complications later in life, including the following:
If your child was exposed to Depakote during pregnancy and has since suffered from developmental delays or impaired language skills, consult a qualified Depakote attorney today to discuss the possibility of filing a product liability lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories.
According to a drug safety communication issued by the FDA in May 2013, “valproate [Depakote] products should not be used in pregnant women for prevention of migraine headaches and should be used in pregnant women with epilepsy or bipolar disorder only if other treatments have failed to provide adequate symptom control or are otherwise unacceptable.” If you used Depakote in pregnancy as a treatment for epilepsy, bipolar disorder or migraine headaches, and your child was born with a serious birth defect or struggled with developmental delays in childhood, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your child’s injuries and medical bills. Fill out the form now to speak to a Depakote lawyer and explore your possible reimbursement options.
After gaining approval from the FDA in 1978, Abbott Laboratories’ anticonvulsant drug Depakote (valproate) quickly became one of the most widely-used anti-epileptic medications in the United States, commonly used to treat seizures and manic episodes in patients with bipolar disorder. However, in the years since, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of Depakote, especially when used to treat pregnant women and women of childbearing age. According to the findings of numerous studies, children exposed to Depakote during pregnancy have a significantly increased risk of being born with life-altering birth defects, including spina bifida, heart malformations and neural tube birth defects. If your child was born with a major birth defect, and you believe Depakote to be the cause, fill out the case review form to discuss your compensation options with a reputable Depakote attorney for free.
THIS IS AN ADVERTISEMENT
Certain states may consider this attorney advertising. Not valid in all states. ConsumerJusticeFoundation.com is an advertising group that represents lawyers advertising their services and is a free matching service for consumers. It is not a law firm or lawyer referral service. You should not rely on upon any information as legal advice. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Free background information should be available upon request. You should consult a physician or doctor before starting or stopping any medication. This website is not affiliated in any way with Depakote®, Depakote®is a registered trademark of Abbott Laboratories.