Zofran is a drug from GlaxoSmithKline that may cause serious birth defects. Despite the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never approving Zofran for use in pregnant women, this is one of the most popular drugs prescribed to treat morning sickness. It may have connections to congenital heart defects, cleft palates, and other birth injuries.
If your child has birth defects after you took Zofran for morning sickness, call our attorneys today. We are investigating cases involving Zofran. Your family could be eligible for financial compensation for your related losses, personal injuries, and medical expenses. A free consultation with our attorneys could help you learn your rights and opportunities. Call today.
Why Choose Us?
The lawyers at the Dickerson Oxton Law Firm have years of experience representing clients in defective and dangerous drug lawsuits. We work hard to achieve the best possible case outcomes for each client. Our case results speak for themselves. Clients trust us with their Zofran lawsuits for many reasons.
- We seek justice for injured infants.
- We offer contingency fee services (clients do not pay unless we win).
- We have extensive trial experience in cases involving major pharmaceutical companies.
Our attorneys have the experience and resources you are looking for during a Zofran drug lawsuit. We can help your family understand your rights, go up against Big Pharma in pursuit of compensation, and fight for fair recovery.
What Is Zofran? What Are the Issues?
Zofran, or ondansetron, is a prescription medication designed to prevent nausea and vomiting, particularly in cancer patients undergoing treatment. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy can cause nausea and loss of appetite. The purpose of Zofran is to subdue nausea in cancer patients and people who experience nausea after surgery. Zofran inhibits serotonin, which transmits the signals that cause vomiting. Despite the drug’s effectiveness at preventing nausea, the FDA never approved it for use by pregnant women.
In the 1990s, Zofran became the most popular drug to combat morning sickness during pregnancy. In March 1999, the FDA issued a warning against GlaxoSmithKline, ordering the company to halt the distribution of its marketing materials, since the materials failed to address the potential risks of pregnant women taking the drug. Four years later, GlaxoSmithKline employees came forward with claims that the drug maker promoted Zofran for morning sickness despite knowing the potential dangers. In 2011, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer for health care fraud and settled for $3 billion.
Zofran Injuries and Side Effects
The children of pregnant women who took Zofran may suffer birth defects because of chemicals in the drug. Birth defects related to Zofran include congenital heart defects, abnormal heart rhythm, kidney defects, cleft palates and lips, clubfoot, skull deformities, permanent disabilities, and wrongful death. Mothers who took Zofran during their pregnancies may have grounds for lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline for negligently failing to disclose the risks of birth defects to consumers.
Potential Compensation Options
Today, hundreds of individuals have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline for Zofran-related birth defects and health complications. Almost 500 Zofran lawsuits are in federal courts, as well as multidistrict litigations and class actions. Ongoing lawsuits allege that the manufacturing company knew or should have known of the potential prenatal dangers of exposure to Zofran yet failed to warn patients. They also allege that the company violated federal laws in marketing the drug to pregnant women without FDA approval. If Zofran negatively impacted your child, you could be eligible for compensation.
Contact Us Today
A successful Zofran lawsuit could result in payment for you or your child’s medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. You could recover the lifelong costs of your child’s birth defects with our help. Contact the lawyers at the Dickerson Oxton Law Firm to learn more about your case. We can help you file your claim with the correct courts in Kansas City. Call (816) 268-1960 to request your free consultation.