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Abbott Laboratories named in St. Clair County lawsuit

The makers of the antiseizure medication, Depakote, have now been named in a lawsuit filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court after nearly a dozen patients allege that there children were born with birth defects after they were prescribed Depakote during pregnancy. The complaint states that the plaintiff’s minor children were born with spina bifida […]

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‘Epilepsy Awareness Week’ honored this week in Wisconsin

The Governor of Wisconsin has stated that the state will be honoring ‘Epilepsy Awareness Week’ this week. In order to start the week off, students wore purple on Monday so that they could raise awareness for the condition. Epilepsy affects one in every 26 people in American and this week will help to not only […]

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Abbott labs may pay at least $1.3 billion in Depakote marketing suit

Abbott Laboratories will be paying at least $1.3 billion in order to settle a lawsuit over the alleged illegal marketing of the antisiezure medication, Depakote. The suit was filed by the U.S. government and 24 states after claiming that the drug was illegally marketed by the company in order to be prescribed for unapproved uses. […]

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Bipolar disorder and pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy is an important time in anyone’s life, but for women who suffer from bipolar disorder, there are more steps that need to be done in order to make sure the pregnancy is as risk free as possible. First thing to note when planning a pregnancy is that some medications used to treat […]

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Austim and Depakote

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the brain’s ability to develop social and communication skills. This condition is physical and is associated with abnormal chemistry in the brain. What causes autism is not known at this time, but it is actively being studied. A number of things are suspected to be the cause and […]

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Scoliosis and Depakote

Scoliosis is a condition that occurs when the spine curves away from the middle of the back or sideways. There are three different types of scoliosis and some are much  more severe than others. It has also been claimed to be a birth defect associated with the anti-convulsion drug, Depakote. The three causes of scoliosis […]

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Ventricular septal defect named a defect associated with Depakote

Ventricular septal defect is a disorder that occurs when there is one or more holes in the wall that separates the left and right ventricle of the heart. This is the most common heart birth defects. This birth defect occurs when the fetus is forming. As the fetus grows, the wall between the two ventricles […]

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Hydranencephaly birth defect

Abbott Laboratories manufactured Depakote in 1983 in order to help people that suffer from migraine headaches, bipolar disorder and epilepsy and many have seen great results from taking it. Although, there have been negative health side effects reported for those who have taken the product while pregnant. Recent lawsuits claim that the children of women […]

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What is Spina Bifida?

Spina Bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the bones of the spine are not around the baby’s spinal cord correctly. This disorder can affect the skin on the back and can even affect the way a person walks and moves around. There are mild versions of Spina Bifida and then there are two […]

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FDA warning on Depakote

In December 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to health care professionals that stated that the use of Depakote during pregnancy can increase the risk of birth defects and birth injury. Depakote and other valproate sodium products taken during pregnancy can cause spinal and brain injury, craniofacial defects, and other cardiovascular […]

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