Released in 1996, Topomax (a Johnson & Johnson product) was designed to help prevent seizures in epilepsy patients. In 2004, the FDA also approved Topamax as a preventative treatment for migraines.
On March 4, 2011, however, the FDA issued a statement warning that Topomax may increase the risk of certain birth defects if taken during pregnancy. But because this warning was issued 15 years after Topomax was approved for use, many women were prescribed Topomax during pregnancy between 1996 and 2011.
Possible birth defects associated with Topomax include:
- Cleft Lip
- Cleft Palate
Aside from their physical appearance, these conditions often make it difficult for babies to eat and may increase the risk of ear infections. Luckily, oral clefts are often easily fixed through surgery, and most babies born with them make full recoveries. However, these procedures are time consuming and expensive, and at Chenkin Law Firm, we believe you shouldn’t be left paying for them alone.
If you took Topomax during pregnancy and your baby was born with a birth defect, Chenkin Law Firm is here to help. We aren’t afraid to fight large pharmaceutical companies for the compensation you deserve.
To learn more and schedule a free consultation, contact our offices today at (800) 721-7472.