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Abbott Laboratories to pay $1.6 billion to settle Depakote case

Monday, Abbott Laboratories announced that they would be paying $1.6 billion in order to settle claims that they practice illegal marketing for the drug, Depakote.

Abbott Labs was charged with marketing their antiseizure drugs for uses that were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The company then plead guilty to misbranding, which has a 5-year probationary period.

Abbott has agreed to pay $800 million to settle civil cases, $700 million for criminal cases, and another $100 million to settle consumer protection charges. Depakote is an antiseizure drug that was approved by the FDA in the 80s in order to prevent headaches, treat the manic phases of bipolar disorder, and treat sinecures for those that suffer from epilepsy.

If you or a loved one was prescribed Depakote in order to treat any of these conditions during pregnancy and your child suffered from a birth defects as a result, you need representation on your side that is dedicated to fighting for justice. Contact the Depakote birth defect lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187.

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