A Zofran injury lawyer notes a report suggesting that the alleged link between the anti-nausea drug and birth defects emphasizes the need for change in the drug safety industry. The drug safety system existing currently in the U.S. excludes pregnant women from clinical trials, potentially putting them and their babies at risk. Affected families may be eligible to pursue claims for compensation by filing a Zofran lawsuit.
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Review: Only One Percent of All Clinical Trials Are Designed For Expectant Mothers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that as many as nine out of 10 pregnant women consume medications. However, a 2013 review of nearly 100 industry-sponsored clinical drug trials revealed that only 1 percent of all of these trials are designed for expectant mothers. According to ProPublica, the lack of scientific evidence involving the effects of drugs on pregnant women is severe enough for the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Research on Women’s Health to designate expectant mothers as “the most underrepresented group” in the clinical research process.
The consequences of this lack of research have been well documented in recent years through a series of highly publicized cases involving birth defects allegedly caused by Zofran, also known as ondansetron. A number of studies suggested a possible link between a mother’s prenatal use of the drug and specific kinds of birth defects, among them cleft palates and cardiac issues. Many mothers who gave birth to affected babies claim they never would have taken the drug, had they been made aware of its risks.
Meanwhile in Washington, D.C., bills being introduced in spring 2016 concerning research and pregnancy will establish a task force on research specific to pregnant women and require annual updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the website reported.
How a Zofran Injury Lawyer Can Help
Drug manufacturers have a duty to ensure their products are accompanied by full and accurate instructions and warnings to guide prescribing doctors and other health care providers in making treatment decisions. 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 eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Scarring or physical deformities caused by the birth defect or treatment
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.
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