If you or a loved one has suffered bodily or psychological harm by taking the prescription medication, Topamax (topiramate), you must act promptly by speaking to our Texas, Topamax side effects injury lawyer at Roberts & Roberts. Our Board Certified attorney will explain your eligibility rights to a potential cash settlement award as compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and more. For a free consultation that can significantly better your life, call us at (903) 597-6000.
First discovered by a division of Johnson & Johnson in 1979, Topamax had been originally FDA approved as an anticonvulsant drug for the treatment of epilepsy in both children and adults. In 1994, the drug received its only additional FDA clearance as an approved treatment for migraine headache prevention. Many physicians, however, have widely prescribed the potentially dangerous drug for off-label or non-approved treatment for weight loss, a variety of psychological pathologies, alcohol dependence, eating disorders and more.
Off-label Topamax use has resulted in tens of millions of dollars in government fines levied against the drug’s manufacturer, Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, Inc. The FDA charged the pharmaceutical company with unethically promoting the off-label use of a drug that was known to have potentially devastating side effects; most notably congenital birth defects in children whose mother took Topamax during pregnancy.
The most common, Topamax related birth defect is cleft palate, a partial or complete separation of the tissue of the roof of the mouth. This moderate to severe deformity is particularly worrisome because epilepsy affects millions of Americans, and women of childbearing age are approximately three times more likely than men to suffer the excruciating pain of migraine headaches.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury related to Topamax use, the law requires you to act quickly to preserve your rights to monetary compensation. To protect your financial interests, contact a Texas, Topamax side effects injury lawyer whose extensive experience and client dedication can win the results you deserve. Don’t wait because time is of the essence. Make today the day you schedule your absolutely no-cost or obligation consultation by calling us at (903) 597-6000.