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Anencephaly Birth Defects & Depakote

Anencephaly, a fatal birth defect with a virtual 0% chance of survival, has been linked to the use of Depakote by pregnant women.

A baby born with anencephaly is usually blind, deaf, unconscious, and unable to feel pain. Although some individuals with anencephaly may be born with a main brain stem, the lack of a functioning cerebrum permanently rules out the possibility of ever gaining consciousness. Reflex actions such as breathing and responses to sound or touch occur.

If you or a loved one has taken Depakote or another related drug while pregnant and given birth to a child with birth defects such as Anencephaly, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

Anencephaly is a cephalic disorder that results from a neural tube defect that occurs when the cephalic (head) end of the neural tube fails to close, usually between the 23rd and 26th day of pregnancy, resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Children with this disorder are born without a forebrain, the largest part of the brain consisting mainly of the cerebral hemispheres (which include the neocortex, which is responsible for higher-level cognition, i.e., thinking). The remaining brain tissue is often exposed—not covered by bone or skin.

FDA Links Depakote to Neural Tube Defects Including Anencephaly

Recently the U.S. Food & Drug Administration linked the use of Depakote, Depakote ER, Depakene, Depacon, Stavzor, valporate sodium and other related drugs to the development of neural tube defects. Learn more here: https://www.schmidtandclark.com/depakote-fda-black-box-warning

Depakote Birth Defects Update 1/24/13: A new study has determined that Depakote can cause lowered IQ’s and other cognitive deficiencies in children born to mothers who take the drug during pregnancy. Specifically, the research found that babies exposed to Depakote in the womb had IQ’s that were seven to 10 points lower than other children at age six, as well as reduced language skills and memory capacity. Click here to learn more.

Do I Have a Anencephaly Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in birth defect lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has taken Depakote or another related drug while pregnant and given birth to a child with birth defects such as Anencephaly, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

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