Lawsuits filed against the seller of the anti-nausea drug Zofran claim that the medication was unlawfully promoted for treatment of morning sickness in pregnant women, and that it causes severe congenital birth defects. Affected families may be eligible for compensation with the assistance of a Kansas Zofran attorney.
For more information, contact Attorney Group for Kansas. 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 Kansas Zofran attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Lawsuits Claim Drug Maker Failed to Report Risks of Birth Defects
Numerous federal lawsuits have been filed against drug maker GlaxoSmithKline claiming that its drug Zofran can cause serious birth defects if taken during pregnancy and that the drug maker negligently failed to report this risk. The plaintiffs allege that their use of the anti-nausea medication caused their children to develop various birth defects, including cleft palate, malformations of the heart and hydrocephalus, according to CBS News. Despite these allegations, GlaxoSmithKline still claims that Zofran is safe and was marketed appropriately.
Zofran has never received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval as a treatment for morning sickness. However, the lawsuits point to research suggesting an association between Zofran and several birth defects, including heart problems and cleft palate. In Canada, the drug’s warning label advises patients that Zofran is not recommended for use during pregnancy. In the U.S., GlaxoSmithKline has been accused by the United States Department of Justice of allegedly marketing the drug improperly and paying doctors to prescribe it for “off-label” use, the website reported.
How a Kansas Zofran Attorney 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 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
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 Kansas Zofran attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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