Were you prescribed Zofran during your pregnancy? Women across the county have filed Zofran birth injury lawsuits, alleging that this anti-nausea medication caused birth defects. Indeed, according to an article in The Daily Beast, women who used the drug to combat morning sickness are contending that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the maker of Zofran, failed to warn expecting parents about the risks involved in taking this prescription medication. More than 200 lawsuits have already been filed, and even more women and their babies may have been affected by this product.
When we take a medication like Zofran that has been prescribed by a healthcare professional, we should be able to trust that it is safe for consumer use. When dangerous drugs result in serious birth defects, drug manufacturers should be held accountable. If you used Zofran during your pregnancy and your baby was born with a birth defect, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. An experienced Zofran birth injury attorney in Denver can answer your questions today.
According to a fact sheet from WebMD, the dangerous drug Zofran is intended to prevent nausea from chemotherapy drugs during cancer treatment. Its generic name is ondansetron. This medication “works by blocking one of the body’s natural substances (Serotonin) that causes vomiting,” the fact sheet explains. However, some physicians prescribed it for off-label use, which means that the drug was prescribed to treat a condition other than for what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) originally approved it. In other words, the FDA did not approve Zofran to treat morning sickness during pregnancy (which frequently causes nausea), but many women were prescribed Zofran specifically for this reason.
Parents have alleged numerous birth defects as a result of using Zofran during pregnancy, including but not limited to:
A report from ABC News explains that ondansetron was approved by the FDA back in 1991 to alleviate nausea after cancer treatment, but that it was never tested for safety in pregnant women. The U.S. Department of Justice filed claims against GSK back in 2012, alleging that the drugmaker promoted the off-label use of Zofran to treat morning sickness and even “paid kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe Zofran,” according to ABC News. GlaxoSmithKline settled that lawsuit for more than $3 billion.
Currently, the FDA has received over 5,000 reports of adverse events linked to Zofran use, and more than 300 of these are connected to pregnancies and the off-label use of this drug to treat morning sickness.
At Zaner Harden Law, we are committed to helping families who have been harmed by Zofran. Hundreds of women across the country, including pregnant mothers throughout Colorado, took Zofran to ease symptoms of morning sickness. For many of these women, Zofran may be responsible for heart defects and other serious birth defects. And experienced Denver Zofran birth injury lawyer can discuss your options with you for filing a lawsuit. Contact Zaner Harden Law today to learn more about how we can assist with your case.