A Depakote® Lawsuit Can Help Your Family Face a Future Complicated by Birth Defects
Depakote® is an anti-seizure drug that has been shown to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant mothers during the first trimester. Often, these defects can be quite severe. If you or a loved one has experienced the disastrous side effects of this drug, our firm can help you pursue a Depakote® lawsuit. Our San Diego, CA, attorneys are highly experienced mass tort lawyers, handling a range of pharmaceutical injury cases. We offer compassionate legal counsel and can aggressively fight for the compensation that you deserve. Contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin fighting for you.
Depakote® is primarily used as an anti-seizure medication. However, in some cases, doctors may prescribe this drug to treat epilepsy, migraines, and certain mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder. The FDA approved the drug in 1983, and it has been commonly used to increase the amount of the neurotransmitter GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). In this way, the drug can block the brain signals that lead to seizures. Scientists also believe that by balancing the levels of certain chemicals, the drug can prevent severe mood swings caused by bipolar disorder.
The FDA requires Depakote® to carry black box warnings, stating that the drug can cause serious or even fatal liver damage. These risks are especially high in children under two years of age and for adult patients in the first six months of taking the medication. Depakote® can also cause serious and even life-threatening pancreatitis.
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Sadly, Depakote® has also been linked to severe birth defects. Studies have shown that this drug can cause serious problems for unborn children. Common birth defects associated with Depakote® include:
- Lower IQs
- Spina bifida
- Cleft palate
- Abnormal skull development
- Neural tube defects
One of many birth defects caused by Depakote® includes a cleft palate.
Pursuing a Depakote® Lawsuit
Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote®, has already been ordered to pay $1.5 billion dollars for illegally marketing the drug between 2001 and 2006. During this time, the company heavily promoted the drug in nursing homes for use as an anti-aggression medication among patients with dementia as well as a treatment for schizophrenia. However, the FDA never approved Depakote® for these purposes.
Now a there is a growing number of lawsuits against the manufacturer in response to the increased risk of birth defects. For many years, doctors had no way of knowing about these risks. If your child has birth defects as a result of Depakote®, our attorneys are here to help. As experienced, proven attorneys in mass tort litigation and pharmaceutical drug claims, we are an excellent choice for your legal counsel. Our primary trial lawyer is considered one of the best in the country, and regularly helps to advise other attorneys on matters such as this. With our experience and hard-hitting approach, we can help you seek the compensation you need for significant medical bills and other expenses that can extend into the future.
Protect Your Future
To learn more about Depakote® lawsuits and to find out if you qualify for this important legal claim, contact our firm. We offer free consultations to help you understand your legal options.