Spina Bifida lawsuit filed against Abbott for Depakote

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					Depakote is an anti seizure medicine used to treat manic or bipolar
disorder, epilepsy and migraine. It is brand name for divalproex sodium.
It is formed by valporate and valporic acid.      It has shown severe
side effects in the past. It is mainly related to liver damages and birth
defects. It has caused deaths of unborn babies and infants and is held
responsible for birth defects related to brain, spinal cord and others.

  Abbott Laboratories is the main manufacturer of valporate with the name
of Depakote. This lab is facing several lawsuits as a result of side
effects of this medicine. It has been cited responsible for birth defects
and is facing lawsuits by the families of 40 children and an adult, who
has suffered birth defect due to use of Depakote.       FDA has also
warned healthcare professionals and patients of harm caused by this drug
during pregnancy. It is advisable to avoid its use or consult a doctor
before taking it during pregnancy.       This Lawsuit has been filed St.
Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois. This lawsuit has a group of
plaintiffs hailing from across the country. It blames Abbott lab for
warning patients of its harm if taken during pregnancy. It states that
the lab has failed to find out the full potential risk of this medicine,
if taken during pregnancy. The warning provided by lab to the pregnant
women were not sufficient to make them aware of fatal risk associated
with this drug.       This drug has been associated with neural tube
disorder and can cause fatal birth defects during first trimester of
pregnancy. In the first 28 days of pregnancy its harms are even more
severe. The lawsuit alleges Abbott of failing in giving adequate warning
to the patients, even that it knew about the potential risk of taking it
during pregnancy.       Around 1995, a study showed that there is an
increase in the rate of neural tube defects as a side effect from use of
Depakote. Its harm was manifold than other anti-epileptic drugs. This
study found out that more than 10% infants being affected by Depakote in
early pregnancy could develop severe birth defects or deformities. It can
result into brain defects, spinal cord defects or abnormal formation of
face or other body parts. Other defects may be spina bifida, cleft
palate, abnormal skull development, malformed limbs, holes in the heart
and urinary tract problems.       Families of affected children blame that
Abbott knew about the potential side effects of this medicine, if taken
during pregnancy, but it tried to hide the fact by minimizing the risk in
its warning. It tried to show the danger of this drug in a curtailed
manner. It also tried to promote this drug for depression and other mood
disorders off-label. Even if it knew the risk, it went for off-label
promotion.       Though Depakote added a black box warning in 2006, it was
not clear that it is dangerous even in very early pregnancy. Later it was
found out that, it can harm the fetus ever since its conception. It is
advisable to not use Depakote if a woman is planning to conceive. Women
should avoid its use at most possible extent during their child bearing
age as it can have side effects on baby even after a long time after its
use.       Abbott has been alleged to risk many lives and causing harm to
infants at a large scale. There are many lawsuits being filed against
Abbott Lab related Depakote. The number of lawsuits against Depakote has
increased recently and increasing too. For more information visit
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