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Depakote Settlement Talks in Progress; Federal Judge Stays Litigation

An Illinois federal judge has paused more than 250 lawsuits alleging that AbbVie’s anti-seizure medicine Depakote causes birth defects after both parties agreed to engage in settlement negotiations.

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Reagan granted the motion on Friday after both parties requested that the court stay all actions pending in the cases, according to Reuters.

Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with a birth defect after the mother took Depakote during pregnancy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

What’s the Problem?

Raegan transferred the cases to Judge David Herndon for settlement administration in the District of East St. Louis, Illinois.

Depakote is prescribed to treat seizures associated with epilepsy, bipolar disorder, depression, and migraine headaches. It is also used “off-label” to treat a variety of psychiatric disorders and other medical conditions. Depakote is manufactured by AbbVie, and has been on the U.S. market since 1993.

When taken during pregnancy, Depakote has been linked to the following birth defects:

  • Spina Bifida
  • Atrial Septal Defects (ASD)
  • Ventricular Septal Defects (VSD)
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN)
  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome (RSD)
  • Tricuspid Valve (Ebstein’s Anomaly)
  • Mitral Valve Prolapse
  • Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA)
  • Transposition of the Great Vessels (TGV)
  • Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF)
  • Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS)
  • Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome (HRHS)
  • Tricuspid Atresia
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Pulmonary Atresia (PA)
  • Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO)
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PD)
  • And more

In May 2013, the FDA warned that pregnant women who take valproate medications during pregnancy could have a baby with birth defects and lower IQ. Drugs in the valproate class include:

  • Depacon (valproate sodium)
  • Depakote, Depakote CP, Depakote ER (dilvalproex sodium)
  • Depakene (valproic acid)
  • Stavzor (valproic acid)

Exposure to Depakote or other valproate drugs during fetal development can lower a child’s IQ at age six by 8-12 points compared to children exposed to other anti-epileptic drugs, FDA said. The agency originally warned about this risk in a Safety Communication published in June 2011.

Do I have a Depakote Lawsuit?

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

Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your child was born with Depakote birth defects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.

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