If you or a loved one took Depakote during pregnancy and gave birth to a child suffering from birth defects or developmental delays, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Studies have shown that women who use Depakote while pregnant are more likely to give birth to a child with spina bifida, atrial septal defects, cleft palate and other birth defects.
The Food and Drug Administration and other health groups have advised women of childbearing age to avoid taking Depakote during pregnancy because of the risk it can pose to newborns. Although conventional wisdom among doctors was that all seizure medications carry an increased risk of birth defects, studies are finding that Depakote is even more dangerous to newborns than other drugs.
In one study published in 2004, 28% of women who used Depakote while pregnant gave birth to a child suffering from birth defects or developmental delays, compared to only 2% of women who were taking a similar medication.
A 2010 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine concluded that mothers who took the drug Depakote during their first trimester were 12.7 times more likely than women not taking the drug to have babies with the neural tube injury spina bifida.
Despite multiple studies that have found that Depakote can increase the risk of birth defects in newborns, the manufacturer of this drug has not announced plans to issue a Depakote recall.
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