Arkansas Mother Files Zofran Lawsuit Claiming Multiple Birth Defects Caused By Drug

Posted on August 15, 2016

An Arkansas mother has joined a growing number other parents who are suing the manufacturers and marketers of Zofran (ondansetron) for birth defects their children have suffered. Her lawsuit alleges that her being prescribed Zofran during the first trimester of her pregnancy resulted in her child suffering numerous birth defects, including a cleft palate, respiratory distress syndrome and apnea, and two clubfeet.

The mother claims that neither her family, nor the child’;s father’s families have any history of these birth defects. The nine year old boy has all ready undergone two corrective surgeries and will have to undergo more procedures in the future. This is just one of more than 230 claims against Zofran’s maker, GlaxoSmithKline, claiming that the medication’s use during pregnancy caused birth defects.

Zofran was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 as a treatment for nausea and vomiting resulting from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and anesthesia. But GlaxoSmithKline decided to market the drug, off label, to treat morning sickness in pregnant mothers—a purpose for which the FDA hasn’t approved it. Claims against the pharmaceutical giant say that the medication caused such birth defects as atrial septal defect, ventricular septal defect, transposition of the greater vessels, tetralogy of fallot, cleft lip and palate, clubfoot, ear deformities, and kidney malformation.

If you were prescribed Zofran during pregnancy and your child has suffered a birth defect of any kind, you may have grounds for a pharmaceutical injury claim. But don’t attempt to pursue compensation on your own, GlaxoSmithKline is a huge and powerful corporation with deep pockets.

To get the settlement you and your child deserve, you’ll need the representation of an aggressive and tenacious pharmaceutical litigation attorney. The legal team at the offices of Farah & Farah has been successfully representing injury victims for over 35 years. We are currently investigating Zofran related injuries nationwide. Call us today at (800) 533-3555 for a free consultation.


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