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Neural Tube Defects & Depakote

Depakote, an antipsychotic drug manufactured by Abbott Laboratories, has been linked to neural tube birth defects when taken by pregnant women.

Neural tube defects are one of the more common birth defects in the United States. It is characterized by an opening in the spinal cord or brain that occurs very early in human development. When the opening doesn’t close, a neural tube defect occurs.

Types of Neural Tube Defects

FDA Links Depakote to Neural Tube Defects

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:

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 Neural Tube Defect 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, 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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