Zofran is manufactured and marketed by GlaxoSmithKline as a medication to decrease vomiting and nausea in surgical and chemotherapy patients. While the drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 for this purpose, research indicates that healthcare providers across the country were also prescribing the medication for “off-label” to decrease severe morning sickness in pregnant women, reportedly at the encouragement of the manufacturer of the drug, GlaxoSmithKline. California Zofran Birth Defects Lawsuit attorneys note that women who took Zofran during pregnancy have an increased risk of delivering babies with birth defects.
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Zofran Linked to Birth Defects
Babies whose mothers take Zofran during pregnancy may be two times more likely to develop cleft lip, cleft palate, or heart defects. According to studies, the likelihood of these conditions developing can increase the risk of birth defects in general by as much as 30 percent.
Babies who are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate are often unable to feed or swallow and require surgery to reconstruct the roof of the mouth and the lip. Heart defects include murmurs, as well as atrial septal and ventricular septal abnormalities. Impacted families should consider seeking legal counsel to determine whether they are eligible to file a California Zofran birth defects lawsuit to recover compensation to pay for the unexpected and costly medical expenses that accompany these birth defects. Contact Attorney Group for California today to learn more.
Drug Maker Agrees to $3 Billion Settlement
The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline, accusing the company of paying healthcare providers to prescribe Zofran to pregnant women, even though the drug had not been approved by the FDA for that purpose. As a result of the lawsuit and the alleged complications and birth defects associated with Zofran use during pregnancy, the company agreed to a $3 billion settlement in July 2012.
While each case is different and past outcomes do not guarantee future results, a California Zofran birth defects lawsuit can help mothers and family members to seek compensation for their child’s condition. In most cases, babies born with birth defects require surgical treatments, medication, and other costly medical expenses, and pursuing a claim for compensation from the drug maker can help impacted families recover these costs. Consider seeking legal counsel to learn more about your options if you feel you have a case.
How a California Zofran Attorney Can Help
If you delivered a baby with cleft palate, cleft lip, or birth defects and you took Zofran while you were pregnant, you could be eligible to file a California Zofran birth defects lawsuit and recover damages for your child’s condition.
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, 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.
People injured by bad drugs may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- 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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