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FDA warning on Depakote

In December 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to health care professionals that stated that the use of Depakote during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects and birth injury. Depakote and other valproate sodium products taken during pregnancy can cause spinal and brain injury, craniofacial defects, and other cardiovascular […]

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Depakote side effects may include genital malformation as birth injury

A birth defect that is associated to be a side effect of the anti-seizure medication, Depakote, is hypospadias or a genital malformation. The malformation has to do with the opening of the urethra being in the wrong place and this can have a devastating effect on the male child. European research showed that women prescribed […]

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Federal prosecutors take over three Depakote whistleblower cases

Three whistleblower lawsuits against the maker of Depakote are now being taken over by federal prosecutors. Depakote is an anti-seizure medication, that is prescribed to people with epilepsy, bipolar disorder and depression. The lawsuits claim that the drug maker, Abbott laboratories, illegally promoted the medication. The U.S. Department of Justice is now intervening in these […]

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Birth defects associated with Depakote

Depakote is an anti-convulsant drug that is prescribed to those that suffer from bipolar disorder, depression and epilepsy, but lawsuits have recently been filed against the drug manufacturer after pregnant women took the drug and claim that their children developed severe birth defects because of it. Mothers who were put on Depakote by their doctors […]

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Twenty-six women file Depakote lawsuit

According to a recent lawsuit that has been filed, an anti-convulsant ingested by pregnant woman, Depakote, has allegedly caused severe birth defects on their babies. The lead plaintiff and 25 other woman filed the lawsuit on Jan. 18 against the makers of Depakote, Abott Laboratories. In December, nearly two dozen woman were involved in a […]

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