The jury hearing the case of Maddison Schmidt handed down the verdict finding that the girl’s family deserved $15 million in compensatory damages for defects associated with the mother’s use of Depakote during pregnancy. Twelve-year old Maddison suffers from spina bifida.
Abbott is currently facing some 800 Depakote lawsuits, all basically alleging the drug company hid the association between the ant-seizure medication and birth defects.
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In 2012, Abbott paid $1.6 billion to settle federal and state claims resulting from a probe of the company’s Depakote marketing practices. Abbott marketed the drug, approved for epilepsy, bipolar mania and migraine prevention, for unapproved uses such as dementia, Bloomberg reported.
The case is Schmidt v. Abbott, CA No. 1222-CC-0247901, Missouri Circuit Court (St. Louis).