Zofran is an anti-nausea drug that is sometimes prescribed for morning sickness. New studies have shown that birth defects can occur when taking Zofran during pregnancy.
If you took Zofran while pregnant, contact the Parrish DeVaughn Law Firm right now. You could be entitled to substantial compensation.
Zofran Used to Treat Morning Sickness
Zofran is a drug used to treat nausea. in 1991, the FDA approved Zofran for patients undergoing chemotherapy or after surgery.
Some doctors prescribed Zofran as an “off-label” treatment for morning sickness. The FDA never approved Zofran as a treatment for morning sickness. Morning sickness is typically felt in the first trimester of pregnancy. The first trimester is a critical development period for babies.
Birth Defects Cause By Zofran
In as early as 1992, evidence showed that birth defects were more likely if a pregnant woman took Zofran. The makers of Zofran did inform doctors of this evidence or the risks.
When taken during pregnancy, Zofran can cause birth defects in children such as:
- Cleft Palate
- Cleft Lip
- Heart Defects, Such As Heart Murmurs
- Kidney Defects
These conditions in children can have serious consequences. With these complications, additional medical monitoring and treatment is necessary.
Lawsuit Against Zofran and GlaxoSmithKline
GlaxoSmithKline made false claims that Zofran was an acceptable treatment for morning sickness. The FDA did not give approval for doctors to prescribe Zofran to pregnant women. Now, parents are filing claims against GlaxoSmithKline for the birth defects Zofran has caused.
Illegal Marketing Tactics
Drug companies suggest off-label uses for their medications for doctors prescribe them more often. The FDA does not always give approval for the medicine to be used in those cases.
In 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice raised allegations that GlaxoSmithKline was aggressively promoting the use of Zofran for morning sickness. GlaxoSmithKline has also been investigated for offering doctors “kick backs” for prescribing their medications.
Patients shouldn’t tolerate pharmaceutical companies’ immoral marketing tactics. When pharmaceutical companies influence doctor’s prescriptions, then your medical care is compromised. Hold GlaxoSmithKline accountable for Zofran’s aggressive marketing strategy.
Contact Our Zofran Lawyer Today
If you were prescribed Zofran for morning sickness, contact our lawyers. You and your child may have suffered because of Zofran’s dangerous and unethical behavior. The birth defects caused by Zofran can be costly. You shouldn’t have to suffer the added medical bills and financial hardship. Call us today if your child suffers from cleft palate, cleft lip, heart defects, heart murmurs or kidney defects because of Zofran.
There are time limits for Zofran cases and claims. Don’t let your chance to file a claim against GlaxoKlineSmith slip away.