Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit
Written by Faith Anderson on May 4, 2012
Depakote Pregnancy Category D
Despite the fact that Depakote is one of the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States, serious concerns have been raised about the safety of the medication, especially in treating pregnant women. According to recent studies, the use of anticonvulsant drugs like Depakote during pregnancy may be linked to the development of major birth defects among babies. Depakote’s teratogenicity, or its ability to interfere with fetal development and cause severe malformations in unborn babies, has been explored in numerous studies and have been a serious cause for concern for several years. In light of this birth defect risk, the FDA has classified Depakote as a pregnancy category D medication, which means there is positive human evidence of its potential to cause life-altering birth defects in babies.
Hypospadias and Genital Birth Defects
Hypospadias is a genital defect affecting male babies, in which the opening of the urethra is located on the underside of the penis, instead of at the end. In minor cases of hypospadias, the opening is located near the tip of the penis, but on the underside. In more severe instances, the opening may be located at mid-shaft or at the base of the penis, and some children are born with the urethral opening located in or behind the scrotum. The symptoms associated with hypospadias include difficulty during urination, a malformed foreskin that makes the penis look hooded, and a curvature of the penis. If left untreated, hypospadias can lead to significant problems with toilet training and sexual intercourse later in life.
Depakote Lawsuits for Birth Defects
The recent Depakote birth defect lawsuit was filed on April 16, 2012 in the Cook County Court, and the complaint alleges that the plaintiff, Keona Clay, used Depakote while she was pregnant in 2010. Court documents state that Clay’s son’s birth defect was “caused by his mother’s ingestion of Depakote during pregnancy, and specifically, during her first trimester of pregnancy.” Clay is seeking damages for the medical costs of treating the birth defect and recovery for other costs and damages incurred. As more and more Depakote attorneys across the country investigate birth defect claims regarding potential Depakote birth defects, Depakote lawsuits may be filed for financial compensation.