Recent studies have shown that the popular drug Topamax, which is prescribed for epilepsy, seizures, bipolar disorder, migraines and weight gain, may increase the risk of birth defects when taken during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, the drug has been taken by millions of patients since 1996, many or these expectant mothers who were not warned of the dangerous effects.
Now, amid charges that maker Johnson & Johnson concealed the risks of Topamax for years, hundreds of families have filed a Topamax lawsuit for their children’s birth defects.
Lawyers are helping families file a Topamax lawsuit for cases of:
Already, juries have awarded families whose children suffered birth defects like cleft palate or cleft lip over $15 million in damages. However, experts fear thousands of parents may not know that their children have a legal right to seek compensation.
If your child was born with a birth defect after you took Topamax, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options. you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Contact us today for more information or to speak directly with a lawyer.
A report from the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry recently indicated that mothers prescribed Topamax during pregnancy were 20 times more likely to have babies with oral cleft defects.
In 2008, a study from the United Kingdom was published which concluded children born to mothers taking Topamax were up to 16 times more likely to suffer cleft lip or cleft palate birth defects.
The FDA has received reports of infants suffering other birth defects from Topamax as well, including heart defects, lung defects, deformed limbs and spinal defects.
The FDA took action in 2011, warning patients about oral cleft birth defect risks and forcing Johnson & Johnson to change the label of Topamax. However, in a recent Topamax lawsuit, lawyers alleged the company knew of the dangers as early as 1997.
In 2010, J&J paid $81 million to settle charges that it fraudulently marketed Topamax to doctors for unapproved uses. Now they face millions more in damages to victims of birth defects.
This year, in the first two cases to reach trial over Topamax birth defects, juries awarded families $4 million and $11 million for their children’s oral cleft defects.
Children afflicted with birth defects often must undergo several painful surgeries that can delay normal development, cause psychosocial issues and scars. Those affected shouldn’t have to deal with these issues without help from the company that earned billions selling a defective product.
If you were prescribed Topamax during Pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, it is important that you learn their legal rights soon. Lawyers can discuss your case today and file a claim at no cost unless you receive an award. However, the time to take action is limited.
Due to the complexity and value of drug birth defect lawsuits, it is important to choose a lawyer who specializes in these cases, with experience fighting large drug companies. DrugRisk works only with lawyers who have already handled Topamax lawsuits.
Contact us today for more information on the side effects, warnings, research and litigation related to Topamax, or to speak directly with a lawyer. We are available 24 hours a day.