In recent months not only have the number of lawsuits filed against Zofran maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) climbed, so have the different injuries that have been alleged by the plaintiffs in the multiple cases. Despite the varying injuries, the lawsuits do share some common elements. For example, they are levied against GSK and claim that the plaintiffs’ children suffered birth defects after the plaintiffs were prescribed and consumed Zofran for their extreme morning sickness while pregnant. The lawsuits also allege that GSK knew or should have known of the risks of their drug when taken by pregnant women but that the company still promoted the anti-nausea drug for this off-label use, all while failing to warn the doctors and patients of Zofran’s serious, potential side effects.
Alleged Injuries from Different Zofran Lawsuits
Multiple lawsuits have been filed around the United States alleging that women who took Zofran while pregnant gave birth to children with serious and life-threatening birth defects as a result. Some of the severe defects alleged in the lawsuits include:
- cleft palate
- other mouth deformities
- heart defects
- kidney complications
In some instances, the birth defects have even been deadly, have resulted in miscarriages or have forced the mothers to seek abortions due to their severity.
Studies on the Effects of Zofran
Researchers around the world also continue to study the health risks of Zofran, which is also sometimes referred to as its active ingredient, ondansetron. Four of the most notable studies, which reviewed data on the drug from 1997 through 2012 in Denmark, the United States of America, Australia and Sweden, all concluded that taking Zofran while pregnant will increase the risk of having a child with birth defects. The U.S. study specifically showed an increased risk for cleft palates, while the Australian study demonstrated an increased risk for kidney complications. The Danish and Swedish studies concluded there was an increased risk for heart problems. Although Zofran was originally approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1991, the FDA has not approved it for use by pregnant women in treating regular nausea or even severe morning sickness. The FDA originally approved the drug for use in treating cancer patients and surgery patients who were experiencing nausea, and the FDA has since released a statement warning of the side effects of taking Zofran.
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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