FDA warns users of Topiramate about birth defects but does not issue a recall
Topiramate is the generic form of the drug Topamax, which the FDA recently warned may cause birth defects. The FDA has said that the drug, if taken during pregnancy, increases the likelihood of the child being born with either a cleft palate or cleft lip by 1.4%. The FDA has even placed the drug into the category “Pregnancy D”, which is for drugs that health care providers should consider avoiding when prescribing medication to a pregnant woman or woman of childbearing age (FDA). Still, there is no news if the agency will issue a recall.
Weitz & Luxenberg believes that mothers who have children with these birth defects caused by topiramate should be justly compensated. We can help you receive the compensation that can cover all of your child’s medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact us today for more information by filling out the form on this page.
Life with a cleft palate
One blogger writes about the frustrating experience of youth with a cleft palate in this manner:
“Being born and growing up with a deformity isn’t easy, as people can use this as an excuse to be a bully. Name calling was a huge problem for me at school, and this made me weary of those around me in all social issues. The most hurtful comment I received was whilst I was having dinner at my Secondary school. A very stupid boy in a year above me called me Bubba. He was a character in the film Forest Gump whose bottom lip stuck out far due to having “big gums.” I hated people commenting on the way I looked. As far as I am concerned it was no one’s business and one day I wouldn’t have that intrusive lip, but reminding me of this didn’t take away the hurt I felt inside.” (Blogspot).
In addition to the emotional trials a child must go through with a cleft palate, he or she must also face:
- Multiple surgeries
- Multiple dental procedures
- Speech therapy
- Repeated check-ups
- Scar treatments
- Jaw alignment procedures
- And more depending on the severity of the condition
Weitz & Luxenberg can help
Our law firm can help you right the wrongs caused by the side effects of topiramate. We can guide you through the lawsuit process so that you feel confident and at-ease during your pursuit of financial compensation. Weitz & Luxenberg’s skilled team of attorneys has a wealth of resources at our disposal, which can aid you in this process, as well.
It is important to note that even though the FDA has not issued a recall, you still have the right to pursue financial compensation for your child’s birth defect.
To begin the process, fill out the form on this page and submit it. Once you have completed this, we will contact you shortly with a legal consultation. This service is free and non-binding.
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