The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zofran in 1991 to help reduce nausea and vomiting in surgical patients as well as cancer patients needing chemotherapy. However, Zofran has also been promoted “off-label” to pregnant women to treat morning sickness despite lack of FDA approval for that use. Several studies have found a two-fold increased risk of heart defects, cleft palate, and cleft lip in children of women who took Zofran while pregnant, as well as an overall increased risk of 30 percent birth defects of any type.
If your child was born with birth defects and you took Zofran during your pregnancy, you may be eligible to file a Zofran birth defects lawsuit to seek compensation for medical bills, your child’s pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact he Attorney Group for Kentucky today to learn more.
Potential Zofran Birth Defects
According to studies, women who take Zofran during pregnancy are 30 percent more likely to deliver a baby with birth defects compared to women who did not use the medication while pregnant. Additionally, the risk of heart defects, cleft palate, or cleft lip increases two-fold in pregnant Zofran users, requiring surgical reconstruction, hospital stays, and other treatments that can cause families to incur significant medical expenses.
In July 2012, GlaxoSmithKline was sued by the U.S. Justice Department over allegations that the company illegally marketed Zofran to pregnant women, despite the lack of testing and approval for that use. A $3 billion settlement was reached in 2012 to settle the claims. Although past results do not guaranty the outcome of future cases, women who feel that they may be eligible to file a Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuit should consult with a personal injury attorney to learn more about their options.
Have Questions about Zofran Lawsuits?
Contact Attorney Group for Kentucky if you have questions about filing a Kentucky Zofran birth defects lawsuit if you took Zofran during pregnancy and your baby was born with a cleft palate or lip or heart defects. You may be able seek compensation for your child’s condition. There are no out-of-pocket costs to speak with us, and we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Kentucky Zofran birth defects lawsuit on your behalf.