Multiple lawsuits claim that mothers who took the anti-nausea drug Zofran for morning sickness while pregnant subsequently had children with birth defects and that the drug maker failed to adequately warn of the risks associated with the drug. Affected families may be eligible to recover compensation with the help of a North Carolina Zofran attorney.
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Plaintiffs Claim Drug Maker Was Negligent in Manufacturing Dangerous Drug
In nearly 60 lawsuits that were consolidated for trial in Massachusetts, plaintiffs who took the anti-nausea medication Zofran while pregnant are alleging that the drug caused serious birth defects in their children. Zofran is FDA-approved to treat nausea from chemotherapy, but the use of this drug to treat morning sickness has never been rigorously studied or officially approved, according to Fox News. The plaintiffs allege that drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, was negligent in manufacturing a dangerous drug and failing to warn patients of its risks.
Limited research and patient reports have allegedly linked Zofran to a number of birth defects, including cleft palate, cleft lip and heart defects. In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline paid $3 billion in a settlement with the Department of Justice for allegedly paying physicians to promote Zofran and withholding information about its safety risks. GlaxoSmithKline still contends that Zofran is safe and that the plaintiffs’ claims are unfounded, the website reported.
How a North Carolina 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 North Carolina Zofran attorney to learn more about their rights and remedies.
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