Depakote Birth Defect Attorneys
Depakote is often prescribed for medical conditions that require slowing of neural firings that trigger seizures, migraines, and manic episodes. However, the active ingredient in Depakote has recently been found very dangerous for women that are pregnant because of possible, serious birth defects. If you or someone you care about took Depakote during pregnancy and there were complications, please contact our Depakote birth defect attorneys for a consultation.
FDA Changes for Depakote
The Food and Drug Administration has specific categories for medication prescribed to pregnant women. These classifications are intended to protect the pregnant women from adverse side effects, and to protect the child against birth defects. Originally, Depakote was classified as a class D mediciation. This category means that the potential benefits may warrant the use of the drug in pregnant women, despite the possible risks. However, with recent studies, the FDA has updated Depakote to category X. For most uses of Depakote, the risks involved clearly outweigh any potential benefits.
Depakote Lawsuit Claims
Several lawsuits have been filed against Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote, because of the associated birth defects. The Depakote claims against Abbott Laboratories surround the lack of warning about the potential serious birth defects that result from taking Depakote. Recently, there have been lawsuits about:
- Complications and birth defects after taking Depakote during pregnancy. There are currently several pending claims against Abbott in various state district courts.
- The development of a special task force to push off-label use of Depakote to treat schizophrenic patients. Abbott Laboratories was involved in a criminal investigation with a billion-dollar settlement in May 2012.
- The promotion of Depakote to elderly dementia patients. Abbott Laboratories pleaded guilty with another billion-dollar settlement in May 2012.
If you or someone that you know took Depakote during pregnancy and suffered birth defects, you may be able to make Abbott Laboratories accountable for the lack of transparency about the dangers of Depakote and their promotion of off-label uses.
What Depakote Birth Defect Lawyers Can Do
Your initial consultation with a Depakote birth defect attorney is free of charge. Depakote birth defect lawyers work on a contingency fee basis in most cases, meaning that we only get paid when you win. There is a statue of limitations, so quick action would be in your favor. Talking to a Depakote birth defect attorney right away can ensure your right to reclaim damages. Please contact us today by calling 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (1-877-567-7732) or contact us online.