SILVER SPRING, Md. — Lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline regarding their drug Zofran, which is used to treat nausea, have continued to grow steadily over the past couple of months, following links made between Zofran and serious birth defects. The lawsuits allege that GlaxoSmithKline marketed the anti-vomiting and anti-nausea drug for off-label use as a solution for morning sickness while also failing to disclose the serious side effects that can result from using the drug.
The exact number of Zofran lawsuits is not known, and the birth defects alleged vary greatly between the different suits. Some birth defects that have been alleged to be related to Zofran include cleft palates and cleft lips, developmental delays and heart defects such as congenital heart defects and septal defects such as holes in the heart. Recent studies have demonstrated a link between the use of Zofran by pregnant women and an increase in birth defects.
Zofran, or ondansetron, has been approved for use by patients who experience nausea while receiving chemotherapy to combat cancer or for patients who are recovering from surgery. By blocking serotonin, Zofran prevents your body from producing nausea or other pain that can result in vomiting. The drug also speeds up the process by which food passes through the intestines, further relieving nausea and the desire to vomit. Although the United States Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug for use in cancer patients who are receiving chemotherapy and in people who are recovering from surgery, Zofran still has not been approved for use in pregnant women who are experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum, known commonly as severe morning sickness.
The plaintiffs were all prescribed Zofran for use to treat their severe morning sickness during their pregnancies. Many of the women filing the lawsuits gave birth to babies with abnormal health defects; others terminated their pregnancies after learning of the babies’ severe birth defects, which were also life-threatening. The suits allege that they were not warned about the significant risks associated with the drug and that they would not have taken the anti-nausea drug if they had known of the grave health risks to their unborn children.
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