Zofran is a drug intended to prevent nausea caused by chemotherapy and radiation treatment, but doctors have been prescribing it “off-label” to pregnant women with morning sickness for years.
Filing A Zofran Lawsuit
If you were prescribed Zofran during pregnancy and your child has suffered any side effects, you may be entitled to compensation for damages. Zofran was never tested or approved for use by pregnant women, yet it is still often prescribed “off-label” to treat morning sickness. Recent studies have shown that expecting mothers who take Zofran during their first trimester are at a higher risk for delivering children with birth defects.
LUONGO BELLWOAR LLP is accepting Zofran lawsuit clients. Monetary damages may help to cover medical costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Please contact us to setup a free consultation by calling 610-430-6600 or visiting our contact page.
In 2011, the manufacturer of Zofran, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), was required by the FDA to conduct a cardiac effects study. They found that Zofran doses over 16 mg increased the risk of a potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmia. By 2012, GSK then recalled the 32 mg injectable dosage of the medication.
In June 2012, GSK paid $3 billion in penalties to resolve a lawsuit that claims GSK wrongfully promoted Zofran for off-label promotion for use in expectant mothers, and paying kickbacks to doctors to prescribe Zofran. Now, many women are stepping forward to file lawsuits against GSK. Even after the settlement, they are still liable for any injuries or damages that may have occurred due to Zofran use.
The Risks of Taking Zofran During Pregnancy
According to various studies and the FDA, taking Zofran while pregnant can potentially lead to serious birth defects, but many doctors are still prescribing it to patients. The FDA has not stopped Zofran from being prescribed. In fact, since many women are prescribed Zofran for morning sickness during their first trimester, they are exposing their growing babies to a harmful drug during a crucial stage of development.
Common birth defects that may be linked to Zofran include:
- Heart Defects
- Mouth Deformities
- Musculoskeletal Abnormality
- Cleft Lip & Cleft Palette
- Infant Death
- Kidney Malformations
Research continues to show a strong connection between Zofran and birth defects. If you think you may have a case for a Zofran birth defects lawsuit, please call us at 610-430-6600 to schedule a free consultation.