Zofran Drug Lawsuits: Birth Defects, Heart Murmurs
Commonly asked questions about Zofran (ondansetron):
- What is Zofran
- What are complications of Zofran?
- What are the Criteria for Filing a Zofran Lawsuit?
- How can I file a Zofran lawsuit?
- How do I start a Zofran lawsuit?
What Is Zofran?
Zofran (ondansetron) is a medication to treat nausea. It is an FDA approved drug from GlaxoSmithKline that blocks the actions of chemicals in the body that can trigger nausea and vomiting.
It is commonly given to individuals undergoing chemotherapy for cancer or just after surgery. It has proven to be an effective medication for this purpose. However, it has been prescribed to pregnant women to reduce nausea, even though it has not been approved to treat morning sickness. Zofran has been found to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women.
Zofran works by blocking serotonin, a chemical that acts on the nerves in the gut to produce feelings of pain and nausea. It also increases the speed of food leaving the gut to reduce nausea and vomiting. But there have been reports of several birth defects caused by Zofran.
What Are Complications Of Zofran?
Women in the first trimester of pregnancy commonly experience nausea, also known as morning sickness. For some women, it is particularly severe, and that condition is know as hyperemesis gravidarum. The manufacturer has been encouraging doctors to prescribe it off-label to pregnant women with nausea.
However, Zofran has been found to cause birth defects such as musculoskeletal problems, kidney malformations, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), mouth deformities, jaundice, and heart defects. Studies have found that there is a 30% increased risk of birth defects and a doubled risk of heart defects in infants when the mother takes Zofran while pregnant. There have been cases where the fetus has died.
In September 2011, the FDA announced that a 32 mg dose of Zofran can change the electrical chemistry of the heart and cause fatal heart rhythms.
Lawsuits are being contemplated against the pharmaceutical company who manufactured this dangerous drug and promoted its off-label use in pregnant women. GSK already settled with the FDA for $3 billion for paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed it to pregnant women.
What are the Criteria for Filing a Zofran Lawsuit?
Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Zofran (ondansetron) was approved to treat nausea during chemotherapy and following surgery. Zofran (ondansetron) works by blocking serotonin in the areas of the brain that trigger nausea and vomiting.
Between 2002 and 2004, GSK began promoting Zofran off-label for the treatment of morning sickness during pregnancy, despite the fact the drug has not been approved for pregnant women and there have been no well controlled studies in pregnant women.
The FDA has received nearly 500 reports of birth defects linked to Zofran. Birth defect risks include cleft palate and septal heart defects.
The criteria for filing a Zofran birth defect lawsuit include the following:
- Zofran taken during the first trimester of pregnancy
- Confirmed birth defect in infant, including:
- Heart defects
- Cleft-lip defects
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How Can I File A Zofran Lawsuit?
Our Zofran lawsuit attorneys can help if your child was harmed by this dangerous drug. Lawsuits will be filed against the drug maker for injuries caused by to babies. You and your child may be entitled to a settlement. We do not charge any legal fees unless you receive a settlement and we pay all of the case costs. If your claim is not successful for any reason, you do not owe us anything. We put it in all in writing for you. Our Zofran lawyers will help you file your lawsuit.
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How Do I Start A Zofran Lawsuit?
Our Zofran lawyers will help you file your lawsuit. To get started, you can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page, or
- Call (866) 280-3417 any time of day to tell us about your case.
We will listen to your story and answer your questions. If you have claim, we will start immediately.
WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Zofran lawsuit claims.
Zofran Side Effects, Recall Information & Settlements
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