Depakote has been linked to serious birth defects.
Depakote (divalproex sodium), is an anticonvulsant medication used to treat epilepsy and manic episodes in bipolar disorder. Use of Depakote by pregnant women poses the risk of serious Depakote birth defects in their unborn infants including spinal birth defects, malformations of the hands, midface and ribs, heart defects, and malformations of male genitalia.
The FDA classifies Depakote as a Class D drug because it is known to cause a significant risk of birth defects when taken by pregnant women. Manufactured by Abbott Pharmaceuticals Ltd., the drug has been on the market since 1983. The ingredient in Depakote that is responsible for most of the risk of fetal injury is valproate sodium which is also sold under generic names by several pharmaceutical companies.
If you or someone you know took Depakote during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with Depakote birth defects, compensation may be available.
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