Zofran is a medication that was developed in the 1980s by European pharmaceutical manufacturing giant GlaxoSmithKline. It was approved for use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. Zofran works by blocking the brain chemical serotonin, which is involved in nausea response in the body. It was originally manufactured for use by people undergoing chemotherapy radiation treatments for cancer. But, it is also commonly used for treating morning sickness in pregnant women. Zofran is among the most popularly prescribed medications in the U.S., raking in billions for GlaxoSmithKline in profits.
Unfortunately, Zofran also comes with a long list of possible side effects. Many reported side effects can be dangerous, or even life-threatening. If you or a love one has suffered medical issues after taking Zofran, you need to speak with a dedicated pharmaceutical litigation attorney. Farah & Farah is currently investigating Zofran-related injuries nationwide. You can reach us anytime at (800) 533-3555.
Zofran Use During Pregnancy
Although Zofran is popularly prescribed to women suffering from morning-sickness related nausea during a pregnancy, the drug was never intended for that use. A study conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), has found that Zofran use is unhealthy for pregnant women because of electrolyte imbalances caused by the medication. Another medical study found that Zofran use by pregnant women doubled the risk of major congenital heart defects and cleft palate injuries.
Zofran Was Never FDA Approved for Use During Pregnancy
Zofran was approved by the FDA only for use by cancer patients dealing with nausea caused by chemotherapy or radiation therapy. The FDA has never approved Zofran for use by pregnant women to combat morning sickness. However, the drug has become a very popular medication for this use. The FDA issued a 2013 warning about Zofran use, citing a potential issue with increased risk of serotonin syndrome for patients taking the drug. In spite of the medication’s history and the fact that it was never intended for use by pregnant women, doctors often prescribe Zofran “off label” for pregnant women. (Off label is when a physician prescribes a drug that the FDA has NOT approved to treat their patient’s condition. This practice of off label prescribing is legal and fairly common.)
Zofran-Linked Birth Defects
Zofran use in the early stages of pregnancy as been linked to many serious birth defects, including:
- Heart defects
- Craniofacial defects (such as cleft palate)
- Kidney defects
This list represents only the most common injuries related to Zofran use. Farah & Farah is ready to investigate any injuries related to Zofran use nationwide.
Compensation Available for a Zofran Injury Claim
To secure compensation for injuries related to Zofran use, you’ll need to contact a dedicated Zofran lawyer. Farah & Farah is ready to fight large drug companies like GlaxoSmithKline and the army of lawyers they have at their disposal. We can help you secure compensation for the following damages and losses:
- Current and future medical bills
- Current and future lost wages
- Your child’s current and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Funeral and burial expenses in the case of losing a loved one
How Much is My Zofran Injury Claim Worth?
If you or a loved one are suffering from injuries related to using Zofran, you may be able to pursue compensation for your damages. For a successful claim, you’ll have to show that use of Zofran caused your injuries. The pharmaceutical litigation attorneys at Farah & Farah are prepared to seek the maximum compensation possible for your Zofran-related injuries. The amount you may seek in a Zofran pharmaceutical litigation claim depends on the extent of your injuries and losses. No attorney will be able to provide you an estimate of how much your claim is worth without discussing your injuries and their impact on you and your family’s lives.
Contact a Zofran Lawsuit Attorney
The attorneys at Farah & Farah have been representing injured individuals and their families for over 35 years. We are experienced in fighting at-fault parties and their insurance companies to secure the compensation our clients need to heal and move on from their injuries. Farah & Farah is currently investigating injuries related to Zofran use nationwide. Contact us today to learn more about we can help you. Farah can be reached at (800) 533-3555 for a completely free consultation.