Abbott Laboratories is facing around 800 lawsuits involving Depakote birth defects, but not as part of a class action. Instead, they are individual lawsuits that have been coordinated in Illinois, Missouri, and other courts nationwide.
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Depakote and Birth Defects
Depakote (valproic acid) is an anti-epileptic drug that is used to control seizures, migraine headaches, and stabilize mood swings. It is also a Pregnancy Category X drug linked to major birth defects, such as:
- Spina bifida
- Cleft lip / cleft palate
- Heart defects
- Low IQ
- Developmental delays
- Craniofacial defects
- Skull defects
- And more
Depakote and Spinal Defects
The problem with Depakote is that it causes a loss of the vitamin folic acid (folate). This vitamin is necessary for a baby to develop a normal brain and spinal cord in the first few weeks of pregnancy — before most women realize they are pregnant. Folate deficiencies are a risk-factor for neural tube defects like spina bifida, anencephaly, microcephaly, intellectual disabilities, and miscarriage.
What is the Risk of Birth Defects?
Depakote has had a “Black Box” warning label about a 1-2% risk of spina bifida — which translates to a 2,060% increased risk compared to women who do not use Depakote — since 1983. Depakote is by far the most dangerous anti-epileptic drug on the market for pregnancy. It is estimated to caused birth defects in at least 20% of pregnancies.
$38 Million Depakote Birth Defect Lawsuit Award Upheld
In November 2016, judges in Missouri rejected an appeal of a jury’s $38 million award to Maddison Schmidt, a girl who was born with major birth defects after her mother used Depakote during pregnancy.
Depakote Settlement Agreement Ends Missouri Trial
In July 2016, Abbott Laboratories paid an out-of-court settlement on the 10th day of a Depakote trial in Missouri. The trial involved a boy named “B.F.” who was born with spina bifida in 2005, despite his mother discontinuing Depakote as soon as she realized she was pregnant — Case No. 4:12-cv-01760
Abbott Pays $1.1 Billion Depakote Marketing Settlement
In 2012, Abbott Laboratories pled guilty and paid a $1.1 billion settlement to the Justice Department to resolve an investigation into “off-label” marketing of Depakote. The settlement did not involve birth defect claims. Instead, Abbott was accused of illegally advertising Depakote as a mood-stabilizer in hard-to-handle elderly people with dementia.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas. Our lawyers are not filing a Depakote class action lawsuit at this time. Instead, we are filing individual Depakote lawsuits involving birth defects.
About Class Actions
Class actions are useful when a lot of people have relatively similar legal claims. The members join together and collectively file one lawsuit. If compensation is awarded, everyone in the class action shares the payout.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
Class actions resolve a lot of legal claims all at once, but they are not designed to maximize payouts for victims with severe injuries. That is why there are no class actions for Depakote birth defect injuries.
Our lawyers file individual lawsuits so we can focus our efforts on helping families and children with birth defects from Depakote. If you file a lawsuit, we may be able to help you recover compensation for your child’s injury, medical expenses, permanent injuries, and more.
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