Women who used Depakote during the first trimester of pregnancy were 30-80 times more likely to give birth to a child with neural tube defects than the general population.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 24, 2011
The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, Depakote Birth Defects Lawsuits (http://www.depakotelawsuitsbirthdefects.com/). The site will serve as a news and information resource for women and their families who have been affected by birth defects linked to the use of Depakote during pregnancy.
Depakote was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1978 for the treatment of epilepsy. Since then, it has also been approved for the treatment of bipolar disorder and migraine headaches.
In December 2009, the Food and Drug Administration warned that the use of Depakote during the first trimester of pregnancy could increase the risk of neural tube defects or other birth defects. Neural tube defects are a type of birth defect that affects the brain or spinal cord. The two most common types of neural tube defects are spina bifida and anencephaly.
According to the FDA’s warning about Depakote, women who used Depakote while pregnant were four times more likely to give birth to a child with birth defects compared to users of other epilepsy drugs. Women who used Depakote during the first trimester of pregnancy were 30-80 times more likely to give birth to a child with neural tube defects than the general population.
In addition to the increased risk of spina bifida, anencephaly and other neural tube defects cited by the FDA, the agency also warned of 16 other major birth defects that were associated with the use of Depakote. These birth defects included craniofacial defects (including cleft lip or cleft palate), heart defects and malformations affecting other body systems.
If you or a loved one used Depakote while pregnant and gave birth to a child with neural tube defects or other side effects, contact the lawyers at Hissey Kientz to determine whether you may be eligible to file a lawsuit on behalf of your child. You can reach us by calling toll-free at 1-866-275-4454, or by email at info(at)hkllp(dot)com.
About Hissey Kientz, LLP
Hissey Kientz, LLP (http://www.hkllp.com) represents individuals affected by birth defects caused by Depakote, as well as victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, birth defects linked to the antidepressant drugs Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Celexa, Effexor, Xanax or Wellbutrin, DePuy ASR and Pinnacle hip replacement devices, Actos bladder cancer, birth defects caused by Topamax, side effects from Avandia and other defective drugs and medical devices.