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Drug giant Abbott Labs faces lawsuit regarding off-label sales

A lawsuit filed against drug giant Abbott Labs for allowing doctors to promote the anti-seizure drug Depakote for off-label usage was recently upheld by a federal judge.

In a derivative complaint upheld against Abbott Labs, U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall wrote that it seemed likely Abbott had taught their sales members to promote Depakote for off-label usage and gave doctors special kickbacks, in forms such as sports tickets and dinners, for prescribing Depakote until 2008, rather than 2006. Also according to Judge Kendall, Abbott Labs pleading guilty to illegal marketing charges in last year’s plea agreement is not new for the company.

Abbott is currently facing another lawsuit, consolidated from numerous claims filed by consumers who claimed their children had birth defects due to Depakote use during pregnancy.

Speak with a lawyer from Williams Hart today if you or your child has a birth defect caused by the use of Depakote by calling 800-761-3187. You may be owed compensation from the negligent manufacturer.

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