Zofran Resulting in Birth Defects
Thornton Law Firm is pursuing claims against the manufacturer of Zofran (generic name: ondansetron) on behalf of women whose children were born with birth defects after they took the anti-nausea drug for morning sickness while pregnant. If you have a child born after taking Zofran during pregnancy please call our toll free number 1-888-341-1405 for a free, confidential case evaluation, or tell us your story here.
Women and their doctors were never warned that taking Zofran for nausea during pregnancy could lead to babies being born with severe birth defects including heart defects, cleft palates and lips, club feet, and craniosynostosis. Instead, Zofran’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, engaged in deceptive and illegal marketing, promoting Zofran for unapproved (“off-label”) use by pregnant women with morning sickness. GlaxoSmithKline failed to conduct a single study on the safety of using Zofran for pregnant women, and never sought FDA approval to market the drug to pregnant women.
Zofran (generic name: ondansetron) is an anti-nausea medication.
Zofran is approved to treat nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and radiation, and for post-surgical nausea.
The FDA has never approved Zofran for the treatment of morning sickness or any other condition in pregnant women.
Zofran was marketed and promoted by GlaxoSmithKline for nausea in pregnant women.
GlaxoSmithKline never conducted any studies on the safety of Zofran for pregnant women.
GlaxoSmithKline paid a $3 billion dollar fine to the Justice Department in 2012 for illegally marketing Zofran to pregnant women and their doctors.
Recent studies show pregnant women prescribed ondansetron (Zofran) suffer a two-fold increased risk of cardiac malformations, leading to a 30% increased risk of major cardiac birth defects.
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Who uses it and for what conditions?
Zofran is intended to be used by patients who suffer from nausea and vomiting as a result of undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. It is also prescribed to help control nausea in post-surgical patients. Despite the limited uses Zofran was approved for, GlaxoSmithKline marketed the drug off-label as a remedy for pregnancy-induced morning sickness.
What can you do?
If your child was born with a birth defect after taking Zofran during pregnancy, you may be entitled to compensation for past medical and hospital expenses, for future medical, hospital, and care expenses, for pain and suffering, and other expenses incurred in caring for and treating a child born with a preventable birth defect. Call 1-888-341-1405 or tell us your story here for a free consultation with New England’s leading birth defect attorneys.