FDA Warns Zofran May Lead To Abnormal Heart Rhythms

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a public warning that recommends certain people should not take Zofran, and that the drug may be associated with abnormal heart rhythms. The warning follows many lawsuits that have alleged Zofran has caused serious birth defects when taken during pregnancy, a Zofran lawsuit attorney notes.

If you or a loved one took Zofran and suffered heart problems or other complications, contact Attorney Group for more information. We provide free, confidential, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Zofran lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.

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FDA Asks Drug Maker To Investigate, Notes a Zofran Heart Defect Attorney

The FDA is in the process of looking at the effects of Zofran on the heart and the risk of developing an abnormal heart rhythm. Zofran, which is FDA-approved to treat nausea that occurs after surgery or chemotherapy, and is also marketed off-label for the treatment of morning sickness. This marketing has led to many recent lawsuits alleging that drug maker GlaxoSmithKline knew of the dangerous side effects of the drug, yet continued marketing it to pregnant women.

After reviewing the available data that it has so far, the FDA decided to issue a public warning which recommends that certain people should not take the drug. This includes people who are on medications that put them at risk for QT syndrome (heart condition that causes irregular heartbeat), people who have underlying heart conditions, and people who have low amounts of magnesium and potassium in their blood.

The FDA has also asked GlaxoSmithKline to conduct a comprehensive investigation. The agency further recommends that people who are currently taking Zofran should not quit taking the medicine until they speak to their doctor and that people who are taking Zofran and have irregular heart rhythms, feel dizzy or short of breath, or experience a fainting episode, should immediately seek treatment. Zofran may increase the risk of developing abnormal changes in the electrical activity of the heart, which can result in a potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythm, the FDA warned.

Affected Patients May Be Entitled to Compensation

Drug makers have a duty to provide safe drugs. If there are risks of harm associated with their drugs, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.

Patients who have been injured by Zofran may be entitled to compensation for damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
  • Loss of income or ability to work

If a patient dies from complications after taking Zofran, his or her family members may be able to pursue claims for their loved one’s wrongful death. Compensation may include:

  • Loss of financial support of a loved one
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a loved one
  • Funeral expenses

Affected patients are encouraged to seek the advice of a Zofran lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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