Zofran Birth Defects
The Crockett Firm is investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of mothers who were prescribed the anti-nausea medication Zofran (ondansetron) during their first trimester of pregnancy and delivered children with birth defects. While Zofran was never tested or approved for use by pregnant women, it is often prescribed off-label for morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum, a serious type of morning sickness that causes severe nausea and weight loss. Now, recent studies have shown that expecting mothers who took Zofran are at a higher risk for delivering children with the following birth defects:
- Heart defects, including septal defects or holes in the heart
- Craniofacial defects, including cleft palates
- Kidney malformations
If you or a loved one delivered a child with a birth defect, Zofran may be to blame. Parents of any affected children can rest assured knowing that attorney E. Scott Verhine will personally work on their case. Calls are always returned and questions are always answered. The Crockett Firm prides itself on putting clients first. Do not hesitate to seek the restitution you and your family deserve.
STUDIES LINK ZOFRAN TO VARIOUS BIRTH DEFECTS
Since its debut in 1991, several medical studies have now shown a significant link between Zofran and the prevalence of certain birth defects. In 2012, one study found that mothers who had been prescribed Zofran (or its generic equivalent, ondansetron) were at an increased risk of giving birth to babies with craniofacial defects, specifically cleft palate defects.
One year later, a Swedish study reported that pregnant women who took Zofran in their first trimester displayed a high prevalence of children born with congenital heart defects. More recently, a Canadian investigation uncovered similar results, which were submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Toronto Star not only discovered a higher risk of heart defects in these cases, but also kidney malformations, and two instances of infant death.
MANUFACTURER’S HISTORY OF WHISTLEBLOWER ACTIONS
Zofran's manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has already faced legal actions due to its handling and marketing of the drug. In 2012, the company paid $3 billion dollars after pleading guilty to secretly marketing the drug for morning sickness treatment without testing it for pregnant patients. It was also found that the company offered kickbacks to doctors who helped them widely prescribe the drug to this demographic.
The lawsuit, however, was filed by the Department of Justice for violating federal regulations. For current families, mothers, and children to receive the compensation they deserve for Zofran-related injuries, new civil action must be taken against GlaxoSmithKline.
Have you delivered a child with a birth defect after being prescribed Zofran? Contact The Crockett Firm today to explore your legal options.
WHAT CAN A LAWSUIT ADDRESS?
Families considering legal action in these matters are often curious what filing a suit can actually address. The truth is that a trusted pharmaceutical injury attorney can make sure that your suit covers a variety of damages caused by a dangerous drug.
A mass tort suit can address:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Physical dismemberment
- Mental and emotional distress
- Medical costs past, present, and future
- Legal fees
HOW MUCH DOES FILING SUIT COST?
The Crockett Firm charges a contingent fee that is a percentage of recovery on your case for both you and your child. This fee is usually a percentage of your final verdict or settlement that can be calculated when structuring the suit—so there is no cost to victims unless a victory is won.