Depakote Birth Defects Lawsuit

Depakote® / Depakene® Linked To Birth Defects

What To Do If You Took Depakote® or Depakene® And Your Child Was Born With A Birth Defect

If your child was born with a birth defect, and you are concerned the use of Depakote® or Depakene® for migraine headaches may have been responsible, continue reading to discover what you can do...

Research studies have shown that Depakote® (divalproex sodium), a common prescription drug prescribed for migraine headaches, epilepsy and bipolar disorder, has been linked to the following birth defects and cognitive impairments...

DEPAKOTE® LINKED TO PHYSICAL MALFORMATIONS:

  • Spina Bifida (neural tube defects)
  • Cleft Palate
  • Craniofacial defects
  • Heart Defects
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Polydactyly (extra fingers or toes)
  • Craniosynostosis (premature closure of sutures in skull)
  • Hypospadias (abnormal location of urethra)

DEPAKOTE® LINKED TO COGNITIVE AND NEUROBEHAVIORAL IMPAIRMENTS:

  • Decreased or Low IQ
  • Autism Disorders
    • Autistic Disorder
    • Asperger’s Disorder
    • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
    • Rett’s Disorder
    • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

Although Depakote® is prescribed for migraine headaches during pregnancy, it is classified as an anti-seizure medication. While no anti-seizure medication is perfectly safe during pregnancy, research has found that Depakote® is linked to dramatically higher rates of birth defects and impairments compared to other medications.

FDA Labels Depakote® As Demonstrating Fetal Abnormalities/Risks

In fact, the FDA recently applied a “Category X” safety warning to Depakote® for the treatment of migraine headaches during pregnancy.

The FDA’s Category X warning describes Depakote® as demonstrating fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.

This is the most severe pregnancy warning the FDA can label a drug with. This also means it is now illegal to prescribe Depakote® to pregnant women because of the substantial risks for birth injuries.

Depakote® Linked To Spina Bifida Birth Defects

Depakote® is linked to increased rates of spina bifida, a neural tube defect caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube.

Studies have revealed that women who were exposed to Depakote® during their first trimester of pregnancy are 10 times more likely to give birth to a child with a neural tube defect such as spina bifida.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a report that suggests that as much as 1 out of 50 children born to women exposed to Depakote® could be afflicted with a neural tube defect like spina bifida.

This is a troublesome finding and unfortunately many parents were not informed of the abnormally high risks by the pharmaceutical drug’s maker.

Depakote® Linked To Other Birth Defects and Malformations

Beyond the neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, The New England Journal of Medicine published research linking Depakote® to other birth defects and malformations, including:

  • Cleft Palate
  • Craniofacial defects
  • Heart Defects
  • Atrial Septal Defects
  • Polydactyly (extra fingers or toes)
  • Craniosynostosis (premature closure of sutures in skull)
  • Hypospadias (abnormal location of urethra)

This research looked at women who were on Depakote® for seizure disorders, and compared the prevalence of birth defects to women who were NOT on anti-seizure medications.

It can be expected that the use of Depakote® for migraine headaches and bipolar disorders would show similar increased occurrence of birth defects in children.

FDA Warns of Lower IQ Scores In Children Whose Mother Used Depakote®

The following statement comes from a recent FDA warning concerning Depakote® and other valproate sodium (chemical name) anti-seizure products...

“There is evidence that these medications can cause decreased IQ scores in children whose mothers took them while pregnant.” (FDA.gov Safety Warning)

IQ scores were compared between groups of children whose mothers were not exposed to valproate sodium medications (such as Depakote®) and children whose mothers were exposed to valproate sodium medications.

The difference in IQ scores was alarming, suggesting that taking Depakote® during a pregnancy could result in cognitive impairments that can be measured with an IQ test.

Depakote® Linked to Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Impairments

Autism, Asperger’s, Rett’s, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and More...

Unfortunately, the cognitive impairment in children associated with the use of Depakote® does not stop at just IQ scores.

Research shows increased cases of Autism Spectrum Disorders, which include the following:

  • Autistic disorders
  • Asperger’s Disorder
  • Rett’s Disorder
  • Pervasive Development Disorders
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder

These disorders linked to Depakote® are typically characterized by social deficits, repetitive behaviors, difficulties in communication and speech, and occasionally cognitive delays.

How This Affects You As A Parent

Parents want to do everything they can to ensure the health and well-being of their children. When a child suffers from either a physical or cognitive impairment, everyone in the family suffers with them--because all you want is for your child to be well.

If you feel your child could possibly have suffered as a result of taking Depakote®, either with a birth injury or cognitive impairment, please know there is something you can do today that can potentially help your child and your family.

Your Legal Options Explained

The first step we recommend is having a free consultation with one of our qualified Depakote® lawsuit attorneys. You will speak to a Depakote® lawyer in total confidentiality, with no commitments necessary from you. In other words, it is a risk-free opportunity for you to better understand what your legal options are moving forward. You are not obligated to work with us and it won’t cost you anything.

The attorneys at Greenberg & Bederman will discuss with you (in plain english) the details of your potential case, how the process would work, and what to expect at every step.

The goal of this free consultation is to educate you on the process of participating in a lawsuit as a victim of a drug defect that caused harm to your child.

You are not alone. We are currently speaking to many parents of affected children and we are glad to be providing hope for financial compensation, so that they can best care for their child.

How To Connect With A Depakote® Attorney Here At Greenberg & Bederman

If you feel your child’s birth defect, injury or cognitive impairment may be the result of Depakote® / Depakene® use, contact us today to get a free legal consultation with our attorneys.

Simply fill out the form to the right (or below) or call (800) 800-1144 to get started. Our offer for a free legal consultation is risk-free and 100% confidential. You are in no way obligated in any way, nor will it cost you anything. It is totally free.

The goal of this free consultation is to educate you on the process of participating in a Depakote® lawsuit as a victim of a drug defect that caused harm to your child.

We want to help you receive full compensation for you and your child. So contact us now by filling out the form, or call us now at (800) 800-1144.

We want to help you and your child.

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