Birth Defects Linked to Zofran
No expectant mother would ever take a medication if they knew it could possibly cause a birth defect in the child they were carrying. And what does it say about a corporation that would market a drug toward pregnant women, knowing there was a possible link between the medication and birth defects? Such is the sad saga of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and their anti-nausea drug Zofran.
If you were prescribed Zofran for morning sickness during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, you may have grounds for a civil claim against the company. But remember, GlaxoSmithKline is a multibillion dollar company with access to extremely highly paid litigation attorneys. As an individual, it will be very difficult for you to have a successful claim against such a powerful adversary without a skilled legal team on your side of the aisle.
That’s where the law offices of Farah & Farah come in. Our pharmaceutical litigation attorneys have been fighting large corporations on the behalf of common folks since we opened our doors in 1979. We have never been intimidated by companies with deep pockets because we believe it is our mission to stick up for the rights of individuals. We are currently investigating Zofran related birth injuries nationwide. Call Farah & Farah today for free consultation at (800) 533-3555.
The History of Zofran
- Zofran, the brand name for the drug Ondansetron, was invented in the early 1980s. It affects a chemical in the brain call serotonin, a neurotransmitter. After testing for several purposes, including use as an antidepressant, it was found to be affective as an anti nausea medication.
- In 1991, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zofran for the treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
- GlaxoSmithKline, then known as GlaxoWellcome, began marketing the drug to the medical community for the treatment of morning sickness in pregnant women. This use had never been approved by the FDA.
- Side effects began being reported in association with Zofran use, including:
- Rashes and itching
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- In 1999, the FDA issued a warning to GlaxoSmithKline regarding its marketing of Zofran for unapproved purposes.
- In the 2000s, studies begin to show a correlation between Zofran use by pregnant women and the following birth defects:
- Cleft lip and cleft palate
- Cleft alveolus
- Musculoskeletal birth defects
- Craniosynostosis (when the joints of an infant’s skull close prematurely)
- Hearing and vision problems
- Cerebral palsy
- Hypospadias (a hole in the urethra)
- Infant seizures
- Limb reduction
- Amniotic band syndrome
- Fetal growth restriction
- Kidney and abdominal defects
- Clubbed hands and feet
- Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn
- Spina bifida
- Atrial and ventricular septal defect
- Tetralogy of Fallot heart defects
- Aortic valve insufficiency
- Bicommissural aortic valve
- Pulmonary artresia
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Infant heart murmurs
- Spontaneous abortion
- In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline was ordered to pay $3 billion in criminal and civil penalties to settle Department of Justice allegations that the company had illegally marketed Zofran for off label use for pregnant women and had unlawfully paid kickbacks to doctors for prescribing the drug.
Compensation for Birth Defect Damages
If your child has suffered a birth defect related to your use of Zofran during pregnancy, you are likely facing many years of expensive surgeries and other costs related to their birth defect. If so, you may be eligible for compensation for any of the following damages:
- Past, current, and future medical expenses related to the birth defect
- Healthcare costs associated with rehabilitation, therapy, counseling
- Household and vehicle modifications, and specialized medical equipment, to accommodate the child’s special needs
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress
- Lost wages due to providing care for the disabled child
- Costs of hiring in-home care
- Loss of enjoyment and companionship
- Punitive damages
Contact our Zofran Birth Defect Attorneys Today
If your child has suffered a birth defect due to the unauthorized marketing of Zofran, that will affect you and your family for years to come. In such a case, you deserve to be compensated by Zofran’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline. To get the settlement you deserve, it is vital that you seek the representation of an aggressive and tenacious Zofran attorney. The legal team at Farah & Farah has been passionately representing injury victims for over 35 years. We will take a personal interest in your case. Call us today at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.