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Depakote Class-Action Lawsuit Launched in Illinois

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Fairview Heights, ILThe Madison County Record reports that an Illinois man will be serving as the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit alleging Depakote birth defects. Myles Brumfield, together with dozens of other plaintiffs, are alleging that the anti-seizure medication taken by women during pregnancy caused serious adverse reactions in children.

Depakote, known generically as valproate semisodium, was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1983 for the treatment of epileptic seizures and various other psychological disorders, including but not limited to bipolar disorder. Beyond the approved indications, however, Depakote is also prescribed off-label for the treatment of migraine headaches and symptoms of aggression in the elderly.

Like all medications, Depakote is effective in association with the indication(s) for which it is approved and prescribed. However, side effects can vary in severity, and those adverse reactions affecting women during pregnancy are alleged to have had, in some cases, dire consequences on the fetus while in the womb.

The concern remains greatest during the first trimester of a woman's pregnancy.

The Depakote lawsuit, filed March 22 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, accuses Depakote manufacturer Abbott Laboratories of misleading doctors and other medical professionals as to the true risks of the drug, together with an accusation that Depakote is a defective drug. Negligence on the part of Abbott Laboratories is alleged.

The plaintiffs in the Depakote class action seek an undetermined amount in damages, medical expenses, loss of income and court costs.

Various other lawsuits accuse the manufacturer of intentionally omitting the potential risk of birth defects from the product warning label. Birth defects alleged to be associated with Depakote range from cleft palate to spina bifida, the latter thought to be one of the most severe alleged Depakote side effects and one of the most disabling of the possible birth injuries. Additional Depakote side effect injuries include growth malformation, skeletal defects, hydranencephaly, iniencephaly, fetal valproate syndrome and fetal death.

Depakote has been classified by the FDA under pregnancy category "D" due to the potential for serious Depakote birth defects that could haunt a child for an entire lifetime.


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Greetings, My name is Regina Boy. I haven't had a child with birth defects.
However, I was given Depakote , while in Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, Tn. to try to control Grand Mal Seizures.
I remember being given the first and second dose after that
The Depakote shut my Liver down and I slipped into a Coma .
That was in mid 1980's. At one point my Family was told to call in any family that might want to see me that it looked like I was dying.
By the Grace of God , I lived . But , this is the first time I've ever heard anything about a class action law suit. Thanks


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