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Study: Fetuses exposed to valporate nearly three times more likely to develop Autism

A new study released shows that if epilepsy medication with the valporate ingredient is used during pregnancy, these children are three times more likely to develop autism spectrum disorder than other children. Denmark researchers studied 656,000 children that were born in the country between 1996 and 2006. The women in the study filled prescriptions for […]

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Tips for preparing your case for court

When filing a civil lawsuit, many people are unsure what to do because they usually do not have prior experience with a court room or court cases. This is why it is particularly important to have experienced representation on your side that will be able to answer all of your questions and walk you through […]

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Whistleblower lawsuit filed over Abbott’s Depakote ‘off-labeling’

A whisteblower lawsuit filed against Abbott Laboratories for allegedly telling employees to market epilepsy drugs for unapproved uses. According to Abbott Labs employees, the corporate message and federal law states that the company can only market drugs for approved use. But this message was different during training because trainees were allegedly told that they should […]

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Community happy with passage of anti-seizure medication

The passage of a new epilepsy bill has many people in the Orange County area excited and relieved. The new bill means states that non-medical personnel, such as teachers, can now administer an anti-seizure medication to students. The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1 and will counter act a bill that was […]

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Scoliosis: A curvature of the spine

Scoliosis is a condition that occurs when the spine curves away from the middle of the back. This condition could occur at birth, or could be related to a neuromuscular condition or may have an unknown cause. When scoliosis is congenital, it may be tied to multiple other birth defects and neuromuscular birth defects are […]

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Williams Kherkher continues to research birth defect claims against Depakote

Williams Kherkher, a law firm based in Houston, Texas that focuses on national mass torts, is still researching claims against the antiseizure medication, Depakote. The claims state that the use of the medication during pregnancy have caused multiple birth defects. Thousands of people have taken Depakote, or generic versions, in order to treat mental health […]

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Birth defects still causing lawsuits to be filed over Depakote use

The Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert on Oct. 3 that stated that woman who suffer from Bipolar disorder and have taken Depakote during their first trimester of pregnancy have a 1 in 20 chance of their child developing a birth defect. Officials with the FDA have said that women should only use […]

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Other side effects associated with Depakote use

Recently, Depakote has been in the news because of its link to increasing risk of birth defects when women take it during pregnancy, there are also other side effects associated with the anticonvulsion medication. Depakote is prescribed to treat bipolar disorder and seizures and have been associated with multiple side effects. Although some people may […]

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FDA warns that cognitive impairment may be caused by use of Depakote during pregnancy

The Food and Drug Administration has sent out a warning that the use of Depakote and other valproate-based drugs during pregnancy may increase the risk that their child will be born with impaired cognitive development. The FDA issued the new warning on June 30, 2011 after the FDA did a study on mothers who took […]

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Categories of drugs that may cause birth defects

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has laid out pregnancy categories that denote how safe the drug is during pregnancy. The categories run from A to X with A being the most safe and X being the least. Category A shows no pregnancy risk, very few drugs are in this category and an example of […]

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