Lawsuits: Off-label Use of Zofran Led to Serious Birth Defects

A North Carolina birth defects lawyer notes that women who took Zofran during their pregnancies are alleging that their children developed serious birth defects. The complaints also accuse Zofran’s maker of representing the drug as a safe treatment for morning sickness, even though the drug’s effects during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. Affected mothers and their families may be able to recover compensation with the help of a North Carolina Zofran lawsuit attorney.

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Drug Maker Presented Zofran as a Safe and Effective Treatment for Morning Sickness

According to WSOC-TV, over 200 parents whose children allegedly suffered birth defects because their mothers used Zofran while pregnant are now seeking recompense from the drug’s maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Although Zofran is widely prescribed as a treatment for morning sickness, the anti-nausea drug has never received formal approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for that purpose. Plaintiffs claim that this off-label use of the drug led to the development of various birth defects in their children, including cleft palate, along with other serious health problems.

Research has not yet shown that Zofran is safe for use during pregnancy. However, according to the plaintiffs, GSK presented its drug as an effective and appropriate treatment for morning sickness. Many of the lawsuits cite a large fine that GSK was ordered to pay to the Department of Justice in 2012 for allegedly withholding information about the safety of Zofran and illegally marketing the drug for off-label uses. However, the company continues to deny the credibility of these allegations, the website reported.

How a North Carolina Birth Defects Lawyer 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 eligible to recover money for:

  • Medical Expenses
  • Scarring or physical deformities caused by the birth defect or treatment
  • Pain and Suffering

The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.

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