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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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Study: Antiepileptic medication use in bipolar disorder patients

A new study has been done on the use of anitepileptic medication in order to treat bipolar disorder to determine whether the use of this medication has increased the risk of suicide in patients. The study was done on patients with bipolar disorder who were taking one of three medications including, Lamictal, Depakote, and Tegretol. […]

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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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‘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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Surgery may be more beneficial then medication when treating epilepsy

A surgical procedure may now be the best way to combat seizures from occurring in epilepsy patients. Recently, there have been more and more evidence that shows that performing surgical procedures on patients that have drug-resistant temporal lobe epilepsy will help relieve them of seizures. In a study done on the surgical procedures, the patients […]

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Premature death risk raising for Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia sufferers

New data has shown that the premature death risk of people with Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is on the rise. A study done by researchers at Oxford University looked into death records at hospitals from 1999 to 2006 and found that the early death risk for schizphrenics was raised 60 percent by 1999 and this […]

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Study: Migraines may be symptom of depressive mood disorders

A new study shows that migraine headaches may be linked to more serious health concerns. New research that was recently released shows that forty percent of women that reported currently having a migraine, or having one in the past, were later diagnosed with depression. “This is one of the first large studies to examine the […]

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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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