The Consumer Justice Foundation Discusses the Allegations Regarding Neural Tube Defects Contained in Depakote Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Abbott Laboratories

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The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation that’s comprised of a team of business professionals who serve as consumer advocates by providing a free online resource regarding the alleged side effects of Depakote and whose URL can be found at hereby discusses the allegations regarding neural tube defects that led to the birth defects prompting Depakote class action lawsuits filed against Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote, in Illinois earlier this year.

The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation that consists of a team of professional consumer advocates who publish and maintain a free online informational resource concerning the alleged dangers of the anticonvulsant drug Depakote hereby discuss the nature of the neural tube defects that were allegedly caused by the use of Depakote by mothers during the early stages of pregnancy in two different Depakote class action lawsuits filed in Illinois this year.

The Depakote class action lawsuits, which were filed in the St. Clair County Circuit Court in Illinois and that were assigned the case numbers 10-L-651 and 11-L-143, allege that the members of the plaintiff class, which are mothers who used Depakote and who had children who were born with severe birth defects, were substantially caused by neural tube defects that have been linked to the use of this medication.

Depakote is manufactured by Abbott Laboratories and has been prescribed for patients seeking help with epilepsy, migraine headaches and the manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. Depakote is considered an anticonvulsant drug and has been on the market for more than 10 years since obtaining FDA approval.

The Depakote class action lawsuits allege that the children who were born with suspected Depakote side effects suffered from these birth defects because of a malformation of the neural tube that occurred during the early stages of the mothers’ pregnancies. The neural tube is a structure that forms during the first trimester of a pregnancy, and this structure eventually develops into the central nervous system. When the neural tube does not form properly, it can lead to such results as spina bifida.

These Depakote side effects lawsuits further allege that Abbott Laboratories knew about the risks of Depakote side effects present for pregnant women who used this medication and downplayed those risks to the public. The class of plaintiffs seeks damages that compensate them for their losses that include medical costs.

About the Consumer Justice Foundation

The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site is located at, is a public resource that’s been built and maintained by a group of concerned professionals who want to provide general information for consumers regarding the potential dangers involved with the use of Depakote while pregnant. This resource is not to be considered as medical or legal advice, which should only be dispensed by a licensed medical doctor or a Depakote lawyer.


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