Depakote (valproic acid) is an anti-seizure drug that was approved by the FDA in 1983 for the treatment of epilepsy.
Depakote and Birth Defects
In 2006 the FDA mandated addition of a “black box” warning to Depakote after a study revealed that 20% of women who gave birth while on Depakote had a child with a birth defect or malformation.
In May 2010 researchers discovered that malformations and birth defects can occur if the drug is used as early as the first trimester, meaning that by the time many women realize they are pregnant it could be too late to avoid the damage already done by the drug.
What Should You Do?
If you, or someone you know, was taking prescription Depakote during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with a birth defect, you may want to contact an attorney. Anyone suffering from birth defects resulting from Depakote exposure may have a right to seek compensation. Our attorneys are reviewing new cases of those injured and are ready and able to assist. Anyone injured by Depakote may contact us directly at 1-800-434-8399, or contact us through our website at www.lawyernc.com.