An Arkansas couple claims that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), manufacturer of the anti-nausea drug Zofran, fraudulently marketed medication “off-label,” or for purposes unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as a morning sickness remedy while concealing the risk of serious birth defects. Use of Zofran for morning sickness during pregnancy has been linked in studies to a 50 percent increased risk of infant heart defects, and a 30 percent overall increased risk of birth defects.
If you or a loved one took Zofran for morning sickness and delivered a child with birth defects, contact Attorney Group for more information. We offer free, confidential, no-obligation consultations in which we can answer your questions. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated Zofran lawsuit attorney. State laws limit the time you have to pursue a claim, so contact us today.
The Risks of Birth Defects Caused by Off-label Use of Zofran
The FDA approved Zofran in 1991 to treat nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy and surgery patients. According to the Arkansas couple’s lawsuit, GSK marketed the drug off-label as a safe and effective treatment for morning sickness, despite having knowledge that Zofran could cross the placenta barrier and pose a risk of birth defects to the fetus.
Zofran lawsuits claim that GSK wrongfully marketed the drug as a morning sickness treatment, and that GSK failed to disclose the risks linked to Zofran use during pregnancy, particularly during the first trimester, such as:
- Musculoskeletal abnormalities
- Fetal deaths
- Intrauterine growth restriction
- Kidney malformations
- Atrial septal defect
- Cleft palate and cleft lip
Affected Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation
Women who took Zofran and delivered babies with birth defects may be able to pursue claims for compensation on behalf of their children. Compensation can be based on:
- Scarring and disfigurement from medical treatment
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Medical expenses
If a child’s birth defect results in his or her death, family members may be able to pursue wrongful death compensation, including:
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish resulting from the loss of a loved one
- Conscious pain and suffering of a loved one before his or her death
The Time to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.
If you or a loved one took Zofran for morning sickness and delivered a baby with a birth defect, contact Attorney Group today. We can answer your questions for free and without any obligation on your part. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney. The time to pursue a claim is limited, so contact us today.