Topamax Lawsuits Being Filed Due to Birth Defects
Did you take Topamax while you were pregnant? You may be able to file a Topamax Lawsuit if your child developed birth defects and you used the drug during pregnancy . A Topamax warning has been issued concerning birth defects include cleft palate, cleft lip, spinal bifida or other limb or facial malformations.
Topamax is a prescription drug used to treat certain forms of epilepsy and migraines. It has been reported that women who took the product when pregnant were upto twenty one times more likely to have a child with facial and limb defects, which is the grounds for a Topamax Lawsuit. The drug is manufactured by Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical which is a Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) subsidiary and was already fined $81 Million in a previous Topamax lawsuit concerning making false statements about this drug.
Topamax Warning Issued
The FDA has put out a Topamax Warning that women who are pregnant are more likely to have to an infant that has cleft palate, cleft lip or other facial malformations. These infants are also more likely to have spina bifida, genital birth defects such as hypospadias and pulmonary hypertension. Hypospadia occurs in males where the urethra opens on the back side of the penis.
Based on reports of the increased risk of birth defects, the FDA has issued a Topamax warning and changed the pregnancy category from C to D which indicates the potential for birth defects. These defects occur early in pregnancy in the first trimester when many women are unaware they are pregnant. For this reason, the FDA advised healthcare providers to offer alternative therapies to women who are pregnant or will become pregnant to prevent Topamax birth defects.
J&J Pays $81Million Fine in Topamax Lawsuit
In March of 2010, Johnson and Johnson had to pay over $81 million to settle claims in a related Whistle blower Topamax Lawsuit because they had illegally marketed and sold the drug for unapproved uses. These unapproved uses included bipolar disorder, weight loss, alcohol abuse as well as other off label uses that were not approved.
This whistleblower Topamax lawsuit indicate that physicians were actually paid to market the drug for off-label uses that were not approved by the FDA. A whistleblower is a person or group of individuals that take it upon themselves to alert the public and start a lawsuit on possible wrongdoings. These individuals are usually working inside the company they are reporting on. The whistleblower lawsuit for deceptive Marketing of the product only farther the casue of a new Topamax Lawsuit relating to the increased birth defects.
If you have taken Topamax during pregnancy and gave birth to a child with cleft palate, cleft lip or any other related Topamax birth defects you might have grounds for a Topamax Lawsuit. It is important that you contact a Topamax Lawyer who specializes in Topamax birth defects. A Topamax attorney is a specialist in this Lawsuit and is best informed in ways to help you.
You and you child have suffered enough!
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