Depakote (valproic acid) is a commonly prescribed seizure and epilepsy medication that recent studies have linked to birth defects to infants. Depakote is used to treat certain types of seizures, mania moods in bipolar disorder, and can be prescribed to treat migraines for those with bipolar disorder. However, the product labeling, to this point, does not warn of increased risks of birth defects. If you know an infant suffering from birth defects after the mother used Depakote, the lawyers at Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, McCartney & Giuffra LLP are here to help you explore your legal options.
Contact us today online or by telephone at 888-335-9457 to speak with a knowledgeable New York pharmaceutical litigation law firm.
Depakote Causing Birth Defects
At Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, McCartney & Giuffra LLP, we have been helping people from New York and across the nation with their most critical legal problems for over 30 years. We are handling a wide range of drug liability claims, including those involving the prescription drugs which are implicated with birth defects.
The North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry discovered there was a risk of congenital malformations for infants of women who were taking Depakote and other drugs containing valproic acid, and a review published in June 2010 by the New England Journal of Medicine found an increased risk with certain types of birth defects following the use of the popular epileptic drug. The implicated abnormalities included:
- Death of a fetus
- Developmental delays in IQ
- Spina bifida (spinal cord and backbone fail to develop or close properly)
- Artial septal defect (holes in the chamber walls of the heart)
- Cleft Palate (defect of the upper lip and roof of mouth)
- Hypospadias (penis abnormality)
- Craniosynostosis (premature fusion of skull bones)
Our attorneys will work with you personally to determine the extent of the monetary damage this drug has caused you, and what legal remedies are at your disposal. Our goal is to help you obtain monetary compensation for the financial hardships you face.
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Has someone close to you been harmed by Depakote? Please contact us today online or by telephone at 888-335-9457 to speak with an experienced New York dangerous drugs liability law firm. Our law office is conveniently located in a brownstone in Midtown Manhattan located at 113 East 37 th Street.