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AbbVie ordered to pay $15M in birth defect trial

A federal jury asked AbbVie Inc. to pay $15 million in compensatory damages to Stevie Gonzalez, who was born with spina bifida, Reuters reported.

Spina bifida is a birth defect where there is an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord.

Gonzalez's mother blamed the 10-year-old boy's birth defect on Depakote in one of many lawsuits against AbbVie's bipolar disorder drug.

Christina Raquel said she was not adequately warned about a risk of birth defects when she took Depakote while pregnant.