Has Depakote Been Linked to Birth Defects?

By Peter DePaolis

Recently, a St. Louis jury awarded a girl’s family $15 million after it claimed that she suffered from birth defects because her mother was prescribed the anti-seizure drug Depakote during her pregnancy.

According to the Associated Press, the verdict was announced last month. The lawsuit claimed that the 12-year-old girl now suffers from numerous injuries, including spina bifida.

Her family was among two dozen involved in litigation against Depakote manufacturer Abbott in St. Louis when the verdict was reached

The Dangers of Depakote

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety announcement aimed at pregnant women taking valproate sodium drugs including Depakote, saying that the products could cause birth defects.

Some of the alleged side effects of these drugs include:

  • spina bifida
  • atrial septal defect
  • cleft palate
  • hypospadias
  • craniosynostosis
  • decreased IQ scores and cognitive problems

Sadly, this warning came too late for many expecting mothers, as Depakote alone was generating billions of dollars in sales each year prior to the announcement.

It should be noted that valproate sodium products also go by the name Depakote ER, Depakote CP, Depacon, Depakene and Stavzor.

Reach Out to an Attorney If a Defective Drug Has Injured You

If you have been injured by a defective medication, you should speak to an attorney. Our drug injury lawyers are not scared to take on large pharmaceutical companies, who often shift the focus off their products to avoid costly lawsuits.

If you suspect that a drug hurt you or a family member, contact our firm. We represent pharmaceutical victims in Maryland and throughout the United States.

Continue reading our blog for more information about defective drugs.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland Injury Attorneys

Source: https://www.drugwatch.com/news/2017/06/13/jurors-award-15-million-depakote-lawsuit/

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.