Depakote, the proprietary name given to the drug divalproex sodium in the United States, is a prescription drug that was developed to treat seizures and episodes of mania for those with bipolar disorder. While Depakote served as an effective treatment for some ailments and disorders, it has also been linked to serious side-effects that can cause lasting health problems.
If you or someone you love has taken Depakote and experienced negative effects, you may have a legal case against the drug manufacturer to recover financial compensation. Contact the Depakote lawsuit lawyers of Williams Kherkher today at (800) 220-9341 to learn how we can help you.
Dangers of Depakote
Aside from its intended purpose to treat manic episodes and seizures, Depakote may cause a variety of unintended health problems beyond the typically mild side-effects. Most notably, mothers who took Depakote during pregnancy have given birth to babies with severe birth defects. The FDA has released warnings regarding the link between Depakote and birth injuries, which include:
- Spina bifida and other spinal defects
- Brain defects
- Malformation of face or skull
- Malformation of cardiovascular system
Depakote use during pregnancy has also been linked to fetal valproate syndrome, a condition that can cause children to develop facial deformities that may evolve over time.
In addition to these dangers, the FDA released a safety alert on May 6, 2013 stating that Depakote and other drugs like it (valproate sodium and related products, valproic acid and divalproex sodium) should not be given to pregnant women to prevent migraine headaches, as a new study has revealed that it can result in lower IQ scores in children born to women who took the drug while pregnant. In addition to issuing this alert, the FDA announced that it would be changing the warning on these drugs from “D” to “X,” indicating that the risks associated with this medication outweigh the potential benefits it could have for pregnant women looking to prevent migraines.
How We Can Help
If you are taking or have taken Depakote and you or your child has suffered any negative effects as a result, consider speaking with a Depakote lawsuit attorney as soon as possible. Your health problems could be related to taking Depakote and you may have legal grounds to pursue a lawsuit for your injuries and damages. Our experienced Depakote lawyers can investigate the details of your case to determine the best course of legal action.
A birth defect or other severe side-effect can create a significant burden on you and your loved ones, but you don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. To learn more about Depakote side-effects and your legal options, contact a Depakote lawsuit attorney of Williams Kherkher today by calling (800) 220-9341.
Recent Depakote Blog Posts
Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 12:30 pm
Scoliosis, or the abnormal curvature of the spine, affects 2% to 3% of the U.S. population, or approximately 6 to 9 people in the country. Although the onset of scoliosis usually appears between ages 10 and 15, some develop this disease during infancy or early childhood. When signs and symptoms of scoliosis appear between birth and 3 years of age, it is called infantile scoliosis.
Your baby might be suffering from scoliosis if:
- A bulge appears on one side of the chest
- The baby consistently lies curved on one side
- The baby is suffering from conditions affecting the lungs or the heart
- The baby is difficult to feed because of shortness of breath
- The baby is restless or irritated because of chest pain
Several studies have shown links between infantile scoliosis and the migraine drug Depakote taken during pregnancy. If you believe your child’s scoliosis has resulted from taking this drug, our team of defective pharmaceutical attorneys at Williams Kherkher is here to help assess your situation. Call us at (800) 220-9341 to learn if your circumstances qualify you to file a claim against the manufacturer involved.
Friday, May 29th, 2015 at 3:42 pm
The verdict, won by Williams Kherkher attorneys and partners including John Eddie, John Boundas, Sejal Brahmbhatt, Margot Trevino, and Brian Abramson, continues to reverberate in the legal community and make national news. This award includes $23 million in punitive damages in addition to $15 million in compensatory damages. Expect more coverage in the coming weeks. This is a great verdict, and exemplifies the jury trial leadership for which Williams Kherkher is known.
The verdict against Abbott was due to the fact that Abbott underplayed the risk of birth defects, making it appear that Depakote had about the same level as other anti-epileptic drugs available. As John Eddie and John were able to argue, in reality it was the most dangerous anti-epileptic drug.
You can read more about this case by clicking here.
Other examples of coverage of the story include:
Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 9:31 am
Depakote is an anti-convulsant drug prescribed to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorders, and migraines. Overtime, however, Abbott Laboratories Inc. has experienced fierce criticism over allegations that the drug may cause a host of brain defects in babies born to mothers who took the drug while pregnant.
In a Danish study of 665,000 children who were monitored for 10 years, researchers found that mothers who took Depakote had a 4.42% chance of having a child with autism. This is significantly higher compared to the 1.02% chance in mothers who did not take the drug. Scientists believe that because Depakote impacts the early development of the nervous system, infants exposed to this drug in utero are at risk of brain injury while in the womb, which increases their risk of autism.
More and more lawsuits are being filed against the maker of Depakote for allegedly causing brain and spinal defects. If you believe taking Depakote has endangered your child’s health, consult with an attorney at Williams Kherkher to learn more about the possibility of filing a case. Call us at (800) 220-9341 for a free case assessment today.