Zofran Heart Murmur Lawsuits
Zofran lawyers are handling cases where pregnant women who took the drug had babies born with a heart murmur due to a septal heart defect.
Zofran, also marketed as ondansetron, is a medication used to treat nausea. It is commonly given to individuals undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, but it is also prescribed to pregnant women who experience nausea in the first trimester. But there have been reports of heart murmurs in infants caused by Zofran.
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. A septal heart defect occurs when there is a hole in the wall that separates the chambers of the heart.
Blood should go from the right side of the heart to the lungs to the left side to the rest of the body as it should. But with a septal heart defect, the blood moves around the different chambers, and a lot of it does not get into the lungs or throughout the rest of the body.
Although it is unclear how Zofran causes heart murmurs, there are serotonin receptors on heart muscle cells and has been shown to play a role in the regulation of heart cells. It is possible that Zofran interferes with serotonin’s ability to properly regulate those processes in the heart during the first trimester, leading to heart murmurs.
While many heart murmurs in infants go away, some are very serious and can lead to arrhythmias, where the heart muscle does not beat properly. Arrhythmias cause the heart to work harder to pump blood into the lungs and the rest of the body, and they can be life-threatening. Lawsuits have been filed against the pharmaceutical company who manufactured this dangerous drug and promoted its off-label use in 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
Our Zofran Lawyers Can Help You
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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