Across the U.S., a growing number of women who used Zofran while pregnant are claiming that the drug caused birth defects in their children. One mother who blames Zofran for her daughter’s cleft palate. The anti-nausea drug is widely prescribed to women suffering from severe morning sickness, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has never approved the drug for this purpose. The reported birth defects include abnormalities such as congenital malformations and cleft palate, which may necessitate surgery or promote other medical complications. Affected families may be eligible to pursue claims against drug maker GlaxoSmithKline with the assistance of a Nevada Zofran attorney.
If you or a loved one took Zofran during pregnancy and delivered a child with birth defects or other complications, contact Attorney Group for Nevada for more information. 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 Zofran lawsuit attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Mother: Despite Assurances Of Safety, Baby Was Born With A Birth Defect
Women across the U.S. are claiming that their use of Zofran during pregnancy led their children to develop serious birth defects, such as heart defects and cleft palate, and suffer various associated complications. According to WKMG News, Zofran has never received FDA approval as a treatment for morning sickness, but many pregnant women are prescribed the anti-nausea drug. Now, some families have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Zofran, seeking damages for the harm that the medication allegedly caused.
One mother is regretting that she took Zofran while she was pregnant, as she believes the drug is to blame for her daughter’s cleft palate. The mother stated that she was suffering severe morning sickness in the first few weeks of her pregnancy and she was prescribed Zofran to treat the condition. She took the drug every morning until the day before she gave birth. She was assured that there were minimal side effects from the drug and that it was safe to take while pregnant.
GlaxoSmithKline maintains that Zofran can be safely used to treat morning sickness. However, some studies have shown that the drug may double the risk of birth defects if it is taken during pregnancy. The U.S. Justice Department has previously fined the drug maker $3 billion for allegedly marketing Zofran for off-label uses and paying doctors to prescribe it. The drug is still being prescribed during pregnancy, and although many women benefit from the drug, some women may be unaware of the risks associated with it, the website reported.
Affected Families May Be Entitled to Compensation
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 Nevada Zofran attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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