No mother to be would take any medication if they thought it might hurt the child they were carrying. But, suppose the expectant mother wasn’t aware that the drug their physician had prescribed them had been linked to birth defects in the children of other pregnant mothers who had taken the drug? As patients, we all put a lot of faith in the wisdom and knowledge of the doctors who treat us. But doctors are only human, and they are susceptible to the influence of pharmaceutical companies and their marketing ploys. This appears to have been the case regarding the anti-nausea and vomiting drug Ondansetron, better known by its brand name Zofran. Over the past couple decades, Zofran has been linked to birth defects in the children of women who had taken it during pregnancy.
If you were prescribed Zofran for morning sickness during your pregnancy, you may have grounds for a lawsuit if your child was born with a birth defect. To ensure you and your child get the settlement you deserve, you need to consult a qualified Zofran attorney. The legal team at the law offices of Farah & Farah can answer any questions you may have about the process of filing a successful legal claim. Farah & Farah has been successfully representing injury victims for over 35 years and we will put our knowledge and experience behind your case. We are currently investigating Zofran-related injury claims nationwide. Call Farah & Farah at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.
The History of Zofran (Ondansetron)
Ondansetron was developed by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) during the 1980s. The medication was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 for use as an anti-nausea and vomiting treatment for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and for patients suffering from post surgery nausea and postanesthetic shivering. GSK then began marketing Ondansetron under the brand name Zofran. Although Zofran had not been approved for the treatment of morning sickness during pregnancy, GSK began to aggressively market it to physicians for that purpose.
Soon after Zofran became widely prescribed, reports of serious side effects began to surface in relation to use of the drug. These side effects include:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Rashes and itching
- Serotonin syndrome
Zofran then began to be linked to birth defects, causing the FDA to warn against its use during pregnancy. In 2012 GSK plead guilty to illegally promoting the medication for the treatment of morning sickness and paid $3 billion to resolve the charges.
Birth Defects Linked to Zofran
While no studies have proven that Zofran is positively the cause of birth defects, it has statistically been linked to an increased risk for the following birth defects:
- Cleft palate
- Cleft lip
- Webbed toes
- Clubfoot and other physical deformities
- Heart defects
- Kidney malformation
- Fetal growth restriction
- Mental problems
- Vision problems
- Hearing loss
- Stomach problems
- Hearing loss
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Skull deformities
- Spontaneous abortion
Compensation for Damages in a Zofran Birth Defect Claim
If you were prescribed Zofran during your pregnancy and your child was born with any sort of birth defect, you may be able to pursue any of the following damages:
- Current medical bills
- Costs of future medical treatments related the birth defect
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Permanent injury or disability
- Pain and suffering
- Household and vehicle modifications
- Lost wages due to work missed for doctors appointment, surgeries, physical therapy, etc.
- Costs of special equipment and in home care
- Wrongful death damages in the unfortunate passing of the child due to their birth defect
- Punitive damages
Getting the Settlement You Deserve
If your child suffered a birth defect because you were prescribed Zofran during pregnancy, you and your family may be compensated. But, getting a just settlement is not that easy when you’re battling one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. GlaxoSmithKline and their insurers are not just going to hand you a check, they’re going to fight you every inch of the way. To have a chance against a giant like GSK, you’re going to need an aggressive and tenacious legal team on your side. The attorneys at the law offices of Farah & Farah consider it our mission to fight for the rights of families against giant corporations. We are investigating nationwide Zofran-related injuries. Call us today for a free consultation by dialing (800) 533-3555.