An Indiana Zofran lawsuit may be an option for women who took Zofran for morning sickness while pregnant and whose babies were born with birth defects. Many women suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy and may treat their symptoms with drugs, such as Zofran, to help suppress the feelings of nausea. However, it has been suggested by some studies that pregnant women who have been prescribed Zofran for their morning sickness symptoms were found to have an increased risk of giving birth to a baby with heart, facial or other physical defects. Affected mothers and their families may be able to file a claim and recover damages for their injuries with the help of an Indiana Zofran lawsuit attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Indiana today. Our consultations are free, confidential and without any obligation on your part. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated Indiana Zofran lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Morning Sickness in Pregnant Women
According to information from the Mayo Clinic, morning sickness, whether it is classified as severe or moderate, is a condition endured by a significant number of women who are pregnant. Typically occurring early on in the pregnancy, morning sickness may be treated with a variety of different methods, including pharmaceutical drugs, home remedies and lifestyle changes.
Zofran and Morning Sickness
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not monitor the prescribing and dosing of pharmaceutical medications, although they do regulate which drugs make it to the approved market and which do not. When pharmaceutical drugs are prescribed by a health care provider for a purpose which does not fit within the specifications of their FDA-approved use according to the manufacturers, this is called off-label drug use. In fact, the number of outpatient prescriptions written for off-label use of a pharmaceutical medication number at a rate of over one in five.
Zofran is an example of a drug that is commonly used off-label, being prescribed to one in every four pregnant women for nausea, according to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. The pharmaceutical was originally designed to aid the symptoms of digestive upset in patients recovering from surgery or cancer treatments.
Zofran Off-label Risks
In the case of Zofran, there have been a number of risks associated with its use for morning sickness, especially during the first trimester. Research has shown that when the pregnant mother and the fetus are exposed to the drug, both have increased susceptibility to a variety of health conditions, including serotonin abnormalities and arrhythmic heartbeat. An additional concern for the baby is that he or she will be born with a cleft palate.
In fact, one study, which included 9,000 pregnant women, found that fetal exposure to Zofran produced infants that were up to twice as likely to be born with a cleft palate as those who had not been exposed to the drug.
Zofran Lawsuit Claims
Women who have exposed their unborn child to Zofran, and delivered a child with a birth defect that they believe to be related to the drug, are being motivated to file lawsuits against the manufacturer of the drug, GlaxoSmithKline. Among the issues that are being associated with the fetuses of Zofran users are claims of babies born with health conditions such as clubfoot, kidney problems, lung and respiratory issues, heart defects and even mortality.
One of those lawsuits is an Alabama mother, whose child was born with heartbeat irregularities, which necessitated an open-heart surgical procedure at only four days of age. Another lawsuit claims that the company documented intrauterine deaths and birth defects in the animal studies conducted with the drug and therefore, eliminated women from its clinical trials. It should be noted, though, that at this time, there has been no official warning issued by the FDA concerning the use of Zofran for morning sickness.
How an Indiana Zofran Lawsuit Can Help
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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