A federal judge in St. Louis, Illinois, has halted the litigation surrounding AbbVie’s anti-seizure drug Depakote, as plaintiffs and defendants have agreed to engage in settlement negotiations.
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?
January 31, 2018 – Judge Michael Reagan stayed the cases on Friday after both parties asked the court to suspend all actions pending in the litigation, according to Reuters. The motion will result in transfer of the 250+ Depakote lawsuits to Judge David Herndon in East St. Louis, Illinois.
AbbVie in September 2017 was ordered to pay $38 million to a girl who was born with spina bifida after her mother took Depakote during pregnancy. The St. Louis jury ruled that AbbVie knew about the risk of birth defects with Depakote, yet failed to adequately warn the public and medical communities of this risk.
Also in September, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) held a meeting in London in which it announced that many pregnant women are still unaware of the connection between Depakote and pregnancy, and that risks of the drug may outweigh any potential benefit to the user.
Birth defects linked to Depakote include:
- 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 Forman Ovale (PFO)
- Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PD)
- And more
From 1967 to 2016, between 64,100 and 100,000 women took valproate – the active ingredient in Depakote – during pregnancy, resulting in 41,200 to 75,300 live births, according to a study by the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) and the national health insurance administration. Most of the defects occurred in women who were being treated for epilepsy.
Do I Have a Depakote Class Action Lawsuit?
The Class Action 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 birth defects after being exposed to Depakote in the womb, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.