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ARTICLE ID 192698

$________ – PRODUCT LIABILITY – PHARMACEUTICALS – TOPAMAX – COURT FINDS JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS' DRUG CAUSED CHILD'S CLEFT PALATE – HAZARDOUS PRODUCT.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas

In this matter, a jury heard the case of a child born with a cleft palate due to his mother’s use of Topamax during pregnancy. The defendant drug manufacturer denied their product causing the newborn’s condition.

In ________, plaintiff Kelly A. took the drug Topamax to treat migraines while pregnant. In August ________, her child was born with bilateral cleft palate and lip. The child has required 14 procedures, including four surgeries, to treat the condition. Topamax is an anticonvulsant produced by defendant Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson.

The plaintiff filed suit in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, accusing the defendant Janssen Pharmaceuticals of failing to include the appropriate label warnings about Topamax’s risk of causing birth defects. The defendant denied the accusation. The jury returned a finding for the plaintiff and awarded the family of the newborn $3 million in damages.

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