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Topamax lawsuits consolidated in Pennsylvania for pre-trial proceedings

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All lawsuits filed over birth defects suffered by children of mothers who took the anti-seizure drug Topamax in the state of Pennsylvania have been centralized for pre-trial motions in Philadelphia.

According to a report at, the decision to centralize these lawsuits was made on Sept. 16 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Each of the lawsuits has been filed by mothers who took Topamax at some point during their pregnancy to control epileptic seizures.

The mothers filing the lawsuits argue taking Topamax (topiramate) resulted in their children suffering life-altering birth defects. The most commonly reported birth defects among children whose mothers took Topamax include cleft lip, cleft palate, genital malformations and other deformities.

Topamax is also prescribed in some circumstances as a treatment of migraine headaches.

Those who’ve filed lawsuits believe Ortho-McNeil Neurologics failed to warn the public and regulators about the dangers of birth defects to children whose mothers took Topamax during their pregnancy.

Only a small number of lawsuits have been consolidated in the Pennsylvania proceedings but lawyers believe there are many more potential claims to be filed, pending review, the report indicates. disclaimer: This article: Topamax lawsuits consolidated in Pennsylvania for pre-trial proceedings was posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 at 6:09 am at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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