Claims Facing Zofran
Approved to treat nausea and vomiting, pregnant women who took to Zofran to help with morning sickness have unknowingly put their unborn children at risk. In lawsuits filed against the manufacturer of this drug,.
Taking Zofran while pregnant can lead to birth defects including:
- Club foot
- Heart defects
- Cleft lip and palate
- Webbed toes
- Skull deformities
What Does Zofran Do?
Fda approved to treat nausea for patients undergoing chemotherapy, and surgery, zofran works to block nausea and vomiting signals sent to the brain. Doctors were prescribing this drug, as an off-label way for pregnant women to have a way to deal with their morning sickness symptoms. However, manufacturers of zofran glaxosmithkline later advised doctors that their drug could safely relieve these symptoms.
With approximately 80% of pregnant women experiencing serious cases of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, zofran allowed them to feel comfortable. Severe forms of hyperemesis gravidarum can lead to malnutrition and dehydration, which is why doctors were prescribing this symptom reliever. In the past few years, a number of studies revealed that zofran can lead to congenital birth defects, resulting in multiple lawsuits being pursued.
Further Lawsuit Information
The U.S. Department of justiced filed both civil and criminal claims against glaxosmithkline in 2012. To date, it is the largest health care fraud settlement in u.S. History, especially with the companies agreement to a $3 billion payment. Because zofran was being promoted as a suitable drug for use by pregnant women without fda approval, this case remains the biggest settlement from a drug company.
If you, or someone you know, has a child with severe birth defects as a result of zofran being prescribed to pregnant mothers, you can seek compensation. You may have legal options in order to get you the justice you deserve.
Cases Filed Against GlaxoSmithKline
One of the first lawsuits citing birth defects from using zofran came in february 2015, from tomisha leclair of massachusetts. After being prescribed the anti-nausea drug while pregnant, her daughter was born with several congenital defects including:
- Several heart problems
- Facial dysmorphia
- Low set ears
- Hearing loss
- Webbed toes
- Sensitivity to light
- Inguinal hernia
In 12 years, leclair’s daughter had 10 surgeries in order to attempt to correct several abnormalities. She is currently claiming compensatory and punitive damages against glaxosmithkline, for concealing the truth about the drug’s side effects.
Not too long after leclair’s case, angela and brian kutzer filed a claim in july 2015. They allege that doctors were paid to promote and prescribe zofran, while making false representations regarding the safety and efficacy of the drug. The kutzer’s have a son who was born with a missing kidney, and incomplete sexual organs because of zofran. According to their suit, he may never be able to have children, or have a correctly functioning male sexual organ.