Parents Across The Country Join Depakote Class Action Lawsuit

Posted on Sep 17, 2012

Dozens of people across the nation have joined together in a class action lawsuit against the makers of a seizure medication that they say caused severe birth defects in their children.

The class action defective drug lawsuit was filed against Abbott Laboratories Inc., the makers of the seizure drug Depakote. All of the people in the lawsuit claim that they were prescribed the medicine during the first trimester of their pregnancy despite the fact that the main ingredient in the drug is valproic acid. Valproic acid has been found to cause serious birth defects in children when taken by expectant mothers. According to the lawsuit, the drug manufacturer has not clearly warned doctors who prescribe the medication that it is dangerous for pregnant women or women who could be pregnant to take the drug. More specifically, they have been accused of negligence and with marketing a defective drug.

The antiepileptic and anticonvulsant drug is also sometimes used to treat severe depression, migraines, and bipolar conditions. The drug has been on the market for 25 years. Over the past few years, the drug has been linked to serious birth defects including included spina bifida, cleft palate, and heart issues. The FDA has even officially agreed that evidence exists that the drug causes birth defects, though they also say that the benefit of the drug may outweigh the risks.

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