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Depakote is the last drug a pregnant woman should take to control seizures or mood imbalances, according to a Neurodevelopmental Effects of Antiepileptic Drugs study. Among anti-seizure medications, Depakote poses the highest risk to a fetus and has been tied to a number of birth defects, as well as other disorders that can affect children and adults.
If your family has been the victim of this dangerous drug, you may have grounds for a Depakote lawsuit. A Depakote lawyer from O’Connor, Acciani & Levy has the knowledge and experience in litigating cases like this and will tirelessly fight for justice on your behalf should you have a case.
WHAT IS DEPAKOTE?
Depakote is an anti-epileptic agent and mood stabilizer with the generic name divalproex sodium; it is a medication used to treat Epilepsy and other seizure disorders, as well as the manic phases of bi-polar disorder.
Depakote is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and comes in 3 forms: delayed-release tablets, extended-release tablets (Depakote ER) and sprinkle capsules. All forms of Depakote are for oral administration and are available in 3 dosage strengths: 125 mg, 250 mg and 500 mg.
Since the drug’s release onto the market, several studies have linked it to increased risks for birth defects. Because of this, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a number of warnings about its use.
In 2006, the FDA issued a black box warning about increased risks for birth defects. Just three years later, it issued another warning about the risks of cardiovascular malformations, neural tube defects and craniofacial defects in babies exposed to Depakote.
Then in 2011, the FDA issued another warning that included recent studies showing that children exposed to Depakote often scored lower on IQ tests.
Parents whose child has suffered a birth defect after being exposed to this medication may be entitled to compensation through a Depakote lawsuit. Contact us today to learn more.
BIRTH INJURIES CAUSED BY DEPAKOTE
Depakote is known to cause several birth defects, and carries a category D pregnancy risk, meaning there is positive evidence of risk when a pregnant woman takes this dangerous drug. Children and adults are also at risk for developing potentially fatal cases of pancreatitis.
Some common Depakote injuries include:
- Birth defects
- Brain and spinal cord damage
- Cleft palate
- Craniofacial defects
- Death of fetus
- Dysplastic ribs
- Growth retardation
- Hand deformations
- Heart and blood vessel malformations
- Hypoplastic right heart
- Impaired mental abilities
- Limb reduction
- Neural tube damage
- Pulmonary stenosis
- Skeletal development disorders
- Spina Bifida
- Undescended testes
The disorders and birth injuries that can be caused by Depakote often require lifelong medical care, and may even cause wrongful death. If you are unsure whether you have grounds for a Depakote lawsuit, seek counsel from an experienced attorney.
CONTACT THE DEPAKOTE LAWYERS AT O’CONNOR, ACCIANI & LEVY
The costs for long-term care, financially and emotionally, are overwhelming to a family. If you believe you or your loved one has been diagnosed with one of these disorders because of the use of Depakote, a Depakote lawyer from O’Connor, Acciani & Levy can help.
We have the resources to fully investigate your case, and we have the passion and dedication to defend your rights against the manufacturers of dangerous prescription drugs like Depakote.