While Zofran was approved in 1991 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help reduce vomiting and nausea in patients undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy, the medication has also been prescribed “off-label” to treat severe morning sickness in pregnant women, particularly among those in their first trimesters. However, several studies have found that the drug, manufactured and marketed by GlaxoSmithKline, may increase a baby’s risk of birth defects by as much as 30 percent if the mother takes Zofran during pregnancy.
If you took Zofran during pregnancy and your child has birth defects, contact Attorney Group for Texas to learn more. You may be eligible to file a Texas Zofran birth defects lawsuit and seek compensation for your child’s condition..
Zofran May Cause Birth Defects, Studies Find
While the risk of delivering a baby with birth defects increases nearly 30 percent in general in Zofran users who are pregnant, studies have found that the chance of an unborn baby developing heart defects, cleft lip, or cleft palate increases two-fold, indicating that use of this medication may not be safe for mothers who are expecting. These birth defects may require reconstructive surgeries, treatments, and hospitalizations, and parents are encouraged to seek legal counsel to determine whether they are eligible to file a Zofran birth defects lawsuit that can compensate them for medical expenses and other costs.
Plaintiffs May Consider Pursuing Claims for Compensation
GlaxoSmithKline could face thousands of lawsuits if women decide to pursue claims for compensation. In July 2012, a $3 billion settlement was reached between the manufacturer and the U.S. Justice Department to settle allegations that the company was illegally promoting Zofran to doctors to prescribe Zofran to treat morning sickness in pregnant patients. Affected patients may likewise be eligible to file a Texas Zofran birth defects lawsuit of their own to seek compensation for their child’s birth defects. Contact a personal injury attorney to learn more about your options if you feel you have a case.
Questions About Zofran Lawsuits? We Can Help
Contact Attorney Group for Texas if you suspect that your child’s cleft palate, cleft lip, or heart defects were caused by Zofran use during your pregnancy. We can review your case, free of charge, and help you determine whether you are eligible to file a Texas Zofran birth defects lawsuit against the manufacturer. If you have a case, we can connect you to an affiliated attorney who can file a Texas Zofran birth defects lawsuit on your behalf and help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.