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Man with Birth Defect Allegedgely Associated with Depakote Drug Sues Abbott

21-year-old Jasper James of South Carolina filed charges against drug giant Abbott Laboratories on the claim that he suffered birth defects when he was born. Jasper said in a complaint that he suffered birth defects when he was born because his mother took Depakote while she was still pregnant with him. James allegedly has spina bifida, […]

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Study: Childhood cancer risk increases for children with birth defects

A study was recently done on the link between birth defects and the increased risk of childhood cancer and it was found that children born with birth defects are three times more likely to develop a childhood cancer, especially in the first year. Researchers have stated that there is no evidence on which condition causes […]

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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 […]

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Mother files lawsuit against Abbott Laboratories after son born with hypospadius

A Chicago mother has claimed that her son’s penile birth defect was caused by the use of Depakote during pregnancy. According to the lawsuit, the woman claims that Abbott Laboratories failed to disclose to patients who took the medication during pregnancy may face an increased risk of  their child developing birth defects. Depakote is an […]

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Warning system for seizures could help to stop false alarms

Nearly one third of all people that suffer from epilepsy (roughly 50 million) can not be treated with medication. Because of this, other treatment is usually sought in these situations and one of these includes a brain implant that that shoots  electricity through the brain to stop the seizure before they begin. One issue that […]

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Treated vs. untreated depression during pregnancy

A recent study done on treated and untreated depression has researchers concerned on what is better for the fetus because certain conditions are linked to each. In the study, researchers analyzed 7,696 pregnant women, 570 who did not treat their depression and 99 that used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants during their pregnancy. If not […]

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Abbott facing more lawsuits involving marketing

Abbott Laboratories is currently facing more lawsuits that claim that the antiseizure medication, Depakote, was marketed incorrectly and they violated consumer-protection laws by doing so. Eight lawsuits have  been filed against executives of Abbott claiming breaches in “fiduciary duty” involving the sales of Depakote. The drug was approved to treat migraine headaches, epilepsy, manic episodes […]

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February is “Heart Health Month”

February is “Heart Health Month” in order to raise awareness of the importance of heart health in men and women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women and men in the U.S. and the goal of this month, is to raise awareness of the disease in order to save lives. A cardiologist has […]

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National Birth Defect Prevention Awareness Month sheds light on congenital heart disease

The National Birth Defect Prevention Awareness Month took place in January and shed light on the frequency and danger of congenital heart defects. Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defects and birth defects are the leading cause of death of infants in the U.S. Officials are hoping that the birth defect awareness campaign […]

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Treatment and complications of facial dysmorphisms

Facial dysmorphism is a birth defect that occurs from there is a malformation with the child’s facial bones. These malformations can include multiple different things such as cleft lip and palate, asymmetry issues, and ear malformations. These dysmorphisms have been linked to the use of pharmaceutical drugs during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. When […]

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