Lawsuits are alleging that drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) failed to warn of Zofran heart defect risks for children of expectant mothers who took the drug to treat morning sickness. The lawsuits also allege the anti-nausea medication causes other serious birth defects. Affected families are pursuing claims for compensation against drug maker GlaxoSmithKline with the assistance of a Zofran lawsuit attorney.
If you or a loved one took Zofran while pregnant and delivered a child with heart or other birth defects, 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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Lawsuits: Drug Maker Knew of Zofran Risks For Over 20 Years
According to CBS News, women who took Zofran to treat their morning sickness allege that GSK knew of the serious side effects of the drug for over two decades. The lawsuits allege that the company withheld information from doctors and consumers about reports of various birth defects that research has tied to the medication, including heart problems.
A plaintiff in one of the lawsuits alleges that her son developed various medical problems, including heart defects, because she used Zofran while pregnant. The boy, who is now over one year old, suffers from hydrocephalus (the buildup of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain) and has a weak heart. Doctors have already discovered a heart murmur and a thickened artery, and the boy has shown delays in reaching various developmental milestones.
Although Zofran has never been FDA-approved to treat morning sickness, the drug is frequently marketed for this purpose. In 2012, GSK pled guilty to allegedly paying doctors to prescribe Zofran and otherwise promoting the medication for uses that are not FDA-approved. Zofran can still be prescribed to pregnant women who may not be aware of the associated risks, the website reported.
Affected Families 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.
The parents of children who were born with birth defects linked to Zofran may be entitled to compensation for damages, including the child’s:
- Medical expenses
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- Scarring or physical deformities caused by the birth defect or treatment for it.
If a child died due to birth defects linked to Zofran, family members may be entitled to compensation for the wrongful death of their loved one, including:
- Conscious pain and suffering of their child prior to death
- Pain, suffering, and mental anguish from the loss of a child
- Funeral expenses
Affected families are encouraged to seek the advice of a Zofran lawsuit attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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