Anticonvulsants, Topamax® and Depakote® are prescription medicines prescribed to treat seizure disorders and to prevent migraine headaches.
Women taking Topamax during pregnancy are 21 more times likely to have infants with oral cleft defects than women who have not taken the drug. In 2013, juries found the company Janssen Pharmaceuticals at fault for not fully warning doctors and consumers about the extent of potential birth defects resulting from Topamax use. “They also determined that the company’s negligence was a substantial factor in causing the plaintiffs’ injuries.” http://www.drugwatch.com/topamax/lawsuit.php
Abbot Laboratories, manufacturer of Depakote is also in legal trouble after failing to warn the medical community and consumers about the risk of birth defects if taken by pregnant women. Potential birth defects include but are not limited to cleft palate, spina bifida, heart defects and anencephaly.
In 2006, a black box warning was added by the FDA to warn about the potential birth defects. In 2009 the FDA warned that Depakote could also trigger suicidal thoughts and action. In 2010, a study concluded there is a 12 fold increase for infants to have spina bifida if their mothers were taking the drug during pregnancy. In 2011, more studies were conducted and the FDA warned that mothers taking Depakote increases the risk of impairment of their offspring’s cognitive function. “However, this news came too late for many women who took Depakote. After decades on the market, women and their health care providers were not adequately warned about the drug’s risks.” http://www.drugwatch.com/depakote/lawsuit.php
In 2010, the manufacturers reached an $81 million settlement for illegally promoting the medicine. This number includes a $75 million charge for illegal promotion and a $6 million criminal penalty.
Patients who have suffered serious Topamax side effects are now filing lawsuits. Many of these suits are centralized in Philadelphia’s streamlined “Complex Litigation Center”. These Topamax lawsuits allege the medicine was defectively designed and/or lacked adequate warnings.
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If you took Topamax or Depakote during pregnancy and your child experienced birth defects, you may be entitled to compensation.
By filing a lawsuit, you may be able to hold the manufacturers of the Topamax or Depakote accountable for your current and future condition. If you took Topamax or Depakote and experienced any complications, you may be entitled to compensation, including medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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