Anti-Nausea Drug Zofran May Increase Risk Of Severe Birth Defects








By Marilyn T. McGoldrick, Esq.

Published on March 16, 2015

The anti-nausea medication Zofran, marketed off-label to pregnant women to prevent morning sickness, has been found in recent studies to be associated with an increased risk of birth defects. A study by Dr. Gideon Koren of the The Motherisk Program of Toronto, Canada found that women prescribed ondansetron (the generic name for Zofran) suffered a two-fold increased risk of cardiac malformations, leading to a 30% increased risk of major cardiac (heart) defects. The study, published in the December 2014 issue of American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, was a retrospective analysis of 900,000 Danish women. Thornton Law Firm, a leader in birth litigation for three decades, is pursuing claims on behalf of families whose children were born with severe cardiac birth defects.

Zofran is approved for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation, and to alleviate nausea in patients following surgery. It is not approved to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. In fact, Zofran’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), paid a $3 billion dollar fine in 2012 to settle charges by the U.S. Justice Department that it had illegally promoted Zofran to prevent nausea in pregnant women. Since 1991 GSK has paid $7.56 billion in civil and criminal penalties involving illegal marketing, fraud, failure to report safety data, and other illegal practices, according to the watchdog group Public Citizen.

Two lawsuits have recently been filed on behalf of children born with serious cardiac birth defects after their mothers took Zofran to treat morning sickness. The lawsuits allege that “GSK conducted animal studies which revealed evidence of toxicity, intrauterine deaths and malformations in offspring, and further showed that Zofran’s active ingredient transferred through the placental barrier of pregnant mammals to fetuses.” They further allege that GSK has received more than 200 reports of birth defects associated with Zofran, yet never disclosed those reports to pregnant women or to their physicians.

If you took Zofran while pregnant and your child was born with a birth defect, you may have a legal claim against GlaxoSmithKline. Thornton Law Firm’s birth defect lawyers specialize in helping families whose children have suffered birth defects recover the compensation they deserve. If you believe your ingestion of Zofran while pregnant caused your child’s birth defect, please call our Zofran birth defect attorneys at 888-341-1405 or tell us your story via our website here. All consultations are free and completely confidential.

World Birth Defects Day Raises Awareness Of Preventable Birth Defects

By David C. Strouss, Esq.
Published on March 5, 2015
his week we observed the first annual World Birth Defects Day. A group of 12 leading global health organizations created this day to raise awareness about birth defects, and to highlight how many birth defects can be prevented. The most common causes of preventable birth defects are alcohol use and folic acid deficiency. (The USA began fortifying flour with folic acid in 1998, and neural tube birth defects have fallen 35% since then.) Rubella vaccinations for girls and women likely to become pregnant would also prevent many birth defects.
Environmental exposures are also a preventable cause of birth defects. Thornton Law firm represents over 100 families whose children were born with birth defects after preventable environmental exposure to toxins. Some were exposed to unsafe prescription or over-the-counter drugs; some to chemicals in the workplace; others to toxins in the air or the groundwater of their community. We represent the children of semiconductor workers, agricultural workers, workers making furniture, plastics, textiles, personal care products, and microelectronics, and those whose parents lived in close proximity to industrial processes that released toxic chemicals.

Some telling statistics on birth defects:

8 million babies are born with birth defects each year. That is 6% of all births.

1 in 33 babies are born with a birth defect.

Birth defects are the leading cause of death in the first year of life.

A baby with a birth defect is born every 4.5 minutes.

We understand the pain that families face when coping with permanent, life-altering birth injuries and the frustration of knowing they did not have to happen. The emotional, financial, and physical strain of birth defects impacts everyone in that family for their whole life. If you believe your child was born with a birth defect caused by exposure to a toxic chemical, the birth defect attorneys at Thornton Law Firm offer free, completely confidential consultations. You can call our toll free number 888-491-9726  or tell us your story via email. All legal claims have short time limits so do not delay seeking legal advice if you believe you have a claim.

Settlement: Child’s Birth Defects Caused By Semiconductor Chemicals

By David C. Strouss, Esq.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014

birth_defects-1Thornton Law Firm and co-counsel recently settled a lawsuit on behalf of a child with serious birth defects whose mother was exposed to toxic substances during pregnancy while working in the semiconductor chip manufacturing industry. The settlement was reached just before trial was scheduled to begin in California state court.

The plaintiffs brought the action in 2010, alleging that the mother’s exposures to chemicals at work caused her son’s profound injuries, which will require around the clock care for the rest of his life. The boy’s injuries include a chromosomal translocation (an exchange of genetic material between chromosomes) which caused severe and intractable developmental delays. He also suffers from heterotopias, a congenital brain malformation which causes severe seizures. The mother worked as a clean room supervisor at the Defendant’s manufacturing facility in Silicon Valley, California. The mother’s work at the Silicon Valley plant resulted in exposure during her pregnancy to photoresists (light-sensitive materials) containing ethylene glycol ethers, isopropanol, acetone, fluorides and other toxic substances used in the manufacture of semiconductor chips. Silicon Valley has been a center of semiconductor chip manufacturing in the United States for several decades.

The plaintiffs’ chief medical causation expert witness was prepared to offer opinions at trial that the mom’s occupational exposures during the pregnancy caused her son’s birth defects. Plaintiffs’ industrial hygiene expert had also assessed the mother’s work exposure to the toxic chemicals.

Thornton Law Firm partner David C. Strouss was the lead attorney handling this case. The firm, and co-counsel, also currently have a significant number of similar cases pending in California, Delaware, Illinois, and other jurisdictions. These cases are also on behalf of children born with birth defects whose parents were exposed to toxic substances while working in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

If your child has suffered a birth defect that you believe may be the result of your exposure to toxins in your workplace, please contact experienced Boston birth defect attorney David Strouss at Thornton Law Firm for a free consultation by calling 888-341-1405 or tell us your story here. Many workplace chemicals, such as glycol ethers and other solvents, have been linked to serious birth defects.  The team at Thornton Law Firm has significant experience in assessing all workplace exposures related to birth defects.The consultation is free and confidential. All legal claims have short time limits; do not delay seeking legal advice.

THORNTON LAW FIRM: 40 Years Of Service


By: Patricia M. Flannery, Esq.

Posted on January 22, 2013

Over the course of four decades of representation of plaintiffs, Thornton Law Firm has grown into the largest plaintiff-only law firm in New England. Always at the leading edge of litigation, Thornton Law Firm has a proven track record of unswerving dedication to clients and an intense focus on working our hardest for you.

We have successfully represented plaintiffs in all manner of cases: personal injury, asbestos and mesothelioma, products liability, toxic torts, birth defects, pharmaceutical and medical devices, workers’ compensation, wage and hour, and false claims act whistleblower cases. Each case, each claim, presents a different story for us to tell on behalf of our clients. After forty years, this wonderful technology exists so that we can share our own stories with you. The Thornton Law Firm blog is dedicated to sharing the latest firm news, legal stories, and items of interest to our clients and followers. With this, our first post, we would like to invite you to read, comment, and share our future posts. As always, if you have any questions about your legal rights, contact Thornton Law Firm for a free consultation by calling 888-491-9726 or tell us your story using our online contact form.

Future blog posts will include:

  • The latest mesothelioma and asbestos litigation news;
  • Developments in our semiconductor manufacturing / birth defect cases;
  • The potential environmental effects resulting from fracking in Pennsylvania and Colorado;
  • What you should know about DePuy and other hip implants;
  • The status of the New England Compounding Company cases;

If there are subjects that interest you in these blogs, or if you have an idea for a future Thornton Law Firm blog post, please feel free to contact us and share your thoughts.

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