Lawsuits: Zofran Improperly Marketed For Unsafe Off-Label Use

A Mississippi Zofran attorney notes that lawsuits are alleging that the maker of the anti-nausea drug Zofran improperly marketed the medication for the treatment of morning sickness, a use they claim was never properly tested or approved by the FDA. Affected families may be eligible to pursue claims for compensation by filing a Mississippi Zofran birth defects lawsuit.

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Mississippi Zofran Attorney: Drug Maker Failed To Warn Mothers of Risks

Across the country, families have filed hundreds of lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, alleging that the company wrongfully promoted its drug Zofran for the off-label purpose of treating morning sickness. Despite lacking U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for this use, Zofran is widely prescribed as a morning sickness treatment, potentially to the detriment of pregnant women and their children. According to WBRC News, the lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline claim that Zofran can cause serious birth defects, including congenital abnormalities, when taken during pregnancy.

Plaintiffs claim that the drug maker was aware of the potential for such adverse outcomes, yet the company failed to disclose this risk to patients. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) previously accused GlaxoSmithKline of illegally promoting the off-label use of Zofran for the treatment of morning sickness in pregnant women. The DOJ alleged that GlaxoSmithKline paid kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe Zofran and other drugs. The company settled those claims, without admitting liability, in 2012. However, GlaxoSmithKline still maintains that it gave patients appropriate information about the drug’s safety and effectiveness, the website reported.

How a Mississippi 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 Mississippi Zofran attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.

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