(PRWEB) March 07, 2012
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates provide free online informational resources to consumers regarding the potential dangers of certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public of a report published by Fox Business that states that eight different Attorneys General of different American jurisdictions have formed a committee to explore the possibility that Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote, may have violated consumer protection laws with the marketing of this medication.
The committee of Attorneys General represents the jurisdictions of Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. The forming of this committee was disclosed by Abbott Laboratories, and the investigation will reportedly center on whether Abbott Laboratories violated state civil or criminal laws by marketing Depakote for agitation, aggression in the elderly and other uses that were not approved by the FDA. The FDA did approve Depakote for treatment of symptoms of epilepsy, migraine headaches and the manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder.
Depakote had been a drug that generated a large amount of revenue for Abbott Laboratories, with its high point coming in 2007 when it generated approximately $1.6 billion. However, since then reports of alleged Depakote side effects that involve the possibility of pregnant women who use the medication having children born with birth defects as well as the expiration of its patent have eroded the drug’s earnings for the company.
About the Consumer Justice Foundation
The Consumer Justice Foundation, whose Web site is located at http://www.consumerjusticefoundation.com, 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.