GlaxoSmithKline, manufacturer of the anti-nausea medication Zofran, recently settled claims that it marketed the drug to doctors of pregnant women suffering from morning sickness, despite the lack of testing and approval for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this purpose. While the FDA approved Zofran in 1991 to treat vomiting and nausea in surgical and chemotherapy patients, studies have found that pregnant women may be 30 percent more likely to give birth to a child with birth defects when they use Zofran during pregnancy.
Birth Defects May Result from
Zofran Use During Pregnancy
In addition to having a 30 percent increased risk of birth defects in general in babies born to mothers who took Zofran during pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester, children may be up to two times more likely to develop three specific birth defects: cleft lip, heart defects, and cleft palate. These conditions occur when the lip, heart, and roof of the mouth, respectively, fail to properly develop, and they typically cause the need for reconstructive surgeries and assistance swallowing and/or eating. Parents of children born with these birth defects after the mother took Zofran during pregnancy should consider working with a personal injury attorney to file a Tennessee Zofran birth defects lawsuit to seek compensation their child’s pain and suffering, medical expenses including surgeries, medications, or physician’s visits, and other expenses.
Parents Filing Zofran Lawsuits
Women who would like to learn more about pursuing a Tennessee Zofran birth defects lawsuit should consider seeking legal counsel. While a $3 billion settlement was reached between GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. Justice Department in 2012, this does not bar other plaintiffs from pursuing claims to recover damages for their child’s birth defects.
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If you would like to learn more about filing a Tennessee Zofran birth defects lawsuit and holding the manufacturer responsible for your child’s condition, contact Attorney Group for Tennessee to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. If you have a case, we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can file a Tennessee Zofran birth defects lawsuit on your behalf. Contact us to learn more.