If you or a loved one has or has had cancer, you may have heard of the drug Zofran. Zofran is a medication that has been authorized to be used against nausea resulting from cancer treatments. It has, in some cases, also been used to treat nausea associated with pregnancy, although it has not received explicit FDA approval for this purpose. Zofran has recently been alleged to cause congenital disabilities in children born from those prescribed Zofran. For this reason, lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of Zofran.
Zofran and Birth Defects
Since Zofran’s release, Zofran reports causing congenital disabilities in the children born from people using Zofran. These congenital disabilities include structural heart defects, cleft lips, and cleft palates, and cranial defects. These congenital disabilities can be deeply damaging to a newborn and can be extremely costly for medical care. Not only do these birth defects cause medical expenses, but they can also be emotionally and physically draining on the family of the newborn who is afflicted.
Since the birth defects have been widely alleged and reported, there have been numerous lawsuits filed against the drug makers of Zofran. Currently, there is an active lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, a pharmaceutical company responsible for Zofran. The lawsuit alleges that GlaxoSmithKline marketed Zofran as a safe and effective treatment for morning sickness and nausea associated with pregnancy. The lawsuit alleges that GlaxoSmithKline was aware of congenital disabilities’ potential and unethically promoted the drug anyway. This would mean that the pharmaceutical company is guilty of negligence.
What Should I Do if I Believe My Child has suffered a Birth Defect as a Result of Zofran?
If you have had a child born with a birth defect after being on Zofran—prescribed or not—you should contact a reputable attorney in your area. A personal injury attorney with knowledge of the Zofran case will help you as you pursue compensation.
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