Zofran Side Effects & Complications: Birth Defects, Heart Murmurs
Recent studies have shown compelling evidence linking Zofran to several serious side effects.
Zofran 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.
Several people who have taken the medication used to treat nausea have experienced a wide-range of serious medical problems. Minor side-effects of the drug include headache, dizziness and and constipation.
Women who have taken Zofran during pregnancy run the risk of serious issues with their newborn child. 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.
Zofran & Birth Defects
Zofran has been known to cause a wide variety of birth defects if taken during pregnancy. Potential complications include:
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Kidney defects
- Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)
- Mouth deformities
- Heart abnormalities
- Spinal malformations
Additionally, there have been cases where the unborn fetus has died as a result of the mother taking Zofran. Lawsuits are currently being contemplated against GlaxoSmithKline, the company who produces Zofran. The company did not take proper action in warning doctors and consumers of the dangers of taking this medication.
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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WARNING: There are strict time deadlines for filing Zofran lawsuit claims.