(PRWEB) July 09, 2012
The Consumer Justice Foundation, a for-profit corporation whose team of professional consumer advocates provides free online informational resources regarding the dangers of using certain prescription medications, hereby alerts the public of a Depakote birth defects lawsuit that was filed in Illinois recently against Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of this medication. This Depakote side effects lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs were born with birth defects because their mothers used Depakote while they were pregnant.
Specifically, this Depakote birth defects lawsuit was filed on June 1, 2012 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. It was assigned as St. Clair County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-294 and is known as Battle, et al vs. Abbott Laboratories. The main plaintiff, Nicolas Battle, was born with spina bifida as were several other plaintiffs who were not specifically named in the case. Some plaintiffs were also born with other neural tube defects. All of the plaintiffs allege that these birth defects were the result of their mothers using Depakote during the early stages of their pregnancies.
The plaintiffs further allege that the active ingredient in Depakote, valproic acid, is what causes neural tube defects and other birth defects if it is used by expecting mothers during the first trimesters of their pregnancies. The lawsuit further accuses Abbott Laboratories of having misled doctors about the potential dangers of this medication before prescribing it to patients. The lawsuit is seeking damages for past and future medical expenses, future lost income and court costs.
Depakote is a medication that’s known as an anticonvulsant, and it has been prescribed for treatment of conditions such as migraine headaches, epileptic seizures and for controlling the manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. It was originally approved for the treatment of epilepsy in 1983 by the FDA. It was approved for the treatment of manic episodes in 1995 and it was approved for the treatment of migraine headaches in 1996.
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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.