Depakote had been approved by the FDA to treat many conditions for roughly 2.4 million Americans. However, strong evidence suggests that Depakote may cause serious birth defects and injuries. Many families have filed lawsuits against Abbott Laboratories for hiding these serious potential risks from the public. If your child suffered a birth defect and you were taking Depakote, please contact our Depakote birth defect attorneys today.
Depakote Birth Defects
Studies show a strong link between taking Depakote during pregnancy, particularly the first trimester, and serious birth defects. Due to the birth defects associated with Depakote, the medication is now classified as a teratogen. (A teratogen is anything that increase the incidence of an abnormal birth.) The following are some common Depakote birth defects:
- Autism and autistic spectrum disorders
- Heart defects
- Spina bifida
- Craniofacial defects, such as cleft palate
- Limb abnormalities and paralysis
- Delayed cognitive development
FDA Warnings about Depakote Birth Defects
The FDA issued a series of safety warnings about Depakote birth defects and related valproate medications. They have urged healthcare practitioners to inform all women of childbearing age of the risks associated with Depakote birth defects. These advisories also encouraged women to switch medication, if possible, if they are pregnant or planning a pregnancy. If you took Depakote before or during pregnancy, please contact our Depakote birth defect attorneys to discuss your rights.
Many families suffering from Depakote birth injuries are making Abbott Laboratories accountable for their lack of transparency. These lawsuits allege that the drug maker did not provide adequate warning to the public about the potential birth defects and risks associated with Depakote. There are several pending Depakote birth defect lawsuits.
Experienced Depakote Birth Defect Attorneys Can Help
If your child was born with birth defects and Depakote was taken during pregnancy, our Depakote birth defect attorneys will evaluate your case, answer your questions, and protect your rights. Please call us today at 1-877-LOSS-RECOVER (1-877-567-7732) or contact us online. You may be entitled to financial compensation for medical care costs and other damages. There is a time limit, called the statue of limitations, so quick action would be best. Talking to a Depakote birth defect attorney right away can ensure your right to reclaim damages.