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Illinois to receive nearly $20 million in Depakote settlement

The state of Illinois is going to receive nearly $20 million in the Depakote lawsuit that was settled last week. Abbott Laboratories agreed to pay $1.6 billion in order to settle the claims that they illegally marketed the antisiezure medication for off-label uses.

Abbott Laboratories has made two national settlements, which total to $1.6 billion and many individual states are receiving larges sums as a result.

The first settlement was to resolve claims that Abbott was guilty of deceptive practices when they skipped the approval process from the FDA and marketed the drug to treat autism, dementia and schizophrenia.

The drug has approval from the FDA to treat bipolar disorder, migraines, and seizures. The other argument states that because of this illegal marketing, hundreds of millions of dollars were made in false claims to federal health care programs such as Medicaid.

Also, Depakote has been linked to the increased risk of birth defects when prescribed to women during pregnancy. If you or a loved one used Depakote to treat a condition while pregnant and your child suffered from a birth defect as a result, you may be able to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. Contact the Depakote lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart by calling 800-761-3187 today.

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