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More Illinois Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Depakote

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Class action lawsuits have been filed in St. Clair County, Illinois against Abbott Laboratories, the manufacturer of Depakote, an anticonvulsant drug used to treat seizure disorders like epilepsy, migraine headaches, and the manic episodes of bipolar disorder.

The lawsuits allege that Abbot knew of the risks of side effects of one of the active ingrediants in Depakote called valproic acid and its tendency to increase the risk of severe birth defects when used during the early stages of pregnancy.

The lawsuits also claim that Abbot Laboratories mislead the public and medical doctors by downplaying the side effects of Depakote which lead to harm being suffered by the children born with the defects like

  • Cleft palate
  • Hand and heart deformations
  • Skeletal defects including Spina Bifida
  • Neural tube malformations
  • Growth retardation

The Food and Drug Administration has issued statements to patients and healthcare providers that Depakote can cause defects of the brain and spinal cord, craniofacial defects and cardiovascular malformations.

The lawsuits seek damages to be used as compensation for medical expenses incurred and the future costs of caring for those who have been harmed by Depakote. disclaimer: This article: More Illinois Class Action Lawsuits Filed Against Depakote was posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 at 7:08 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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