Amarillo Zofran Birth Defect Attorneys
About 80% of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, technically referred to as nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP). When Zofran (ondansetron) hit the market in 1991, there were no morning sickness drugs, and doctors started prescribing it to treat NVP. But Zofran was not approved for treating morning sickness, and it can cause serious or fatal birth defects as well as harm to the mother. The Amarillo Zofran birth defect attorneys of Wood Law Firm LLP, can help you get the compensation you need and deserve for your baby’s injuries.
Zofran Marketed Illegally
For three decades, until April 2013, there was no approved drug for treating morning sickness. When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zofran for other uses, in 1991, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) jumped on that void. But they did it illegally. Marketing a drug for purposes it has not been approved for is called off-label marketing and it is against the law.
In 2012, GSK agreed to plead guilty to illegal marketing and to paying kickbacks to doctors for prescribing it to treat morning sickness.
Approved uses for Zofran include:
- Prevent nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy treatment for cancer
- Prevent nausea and vomiting caused by radiation therapy
- Prevent post-surgical nausea and vomiting
Zofran Birth Defects and Side Effects
Birth defects and fetal harm associated with Zofran use includes:
- Congenital heart malformations including atrial septal defect (ASD), commonly referred to as a hole in the heart
- Heart murmurs
- Orofacial clefts
- Skull deformities
- Skeletal abnormalities
- Clubbed foot
- Hypospadias, a birth defect in boys in which the opening of the urethra is not located at the tip of the penis
- Kidney malformation
- Fetal growth restriction
- Visio problems
- Hearing loss
- Fetal death
Zofran may also endanger the mother. In pregnant women, it has been linked to:
- Serotonin syndrome
- Life-threatening complications of pregnancy
Why You Need Zofran Compensation
Babies born with Zofran birth defects may need extensive medical treatment. The treatment needed depends on the type and severity of the harm, and the harm may not be detected until later in life.
For instance, the hole in the heart, in ASD, may close on its own if it is small. Larger holes must be corrected surgically. However, babies rarely display symptoms of ASD. When left untreated, the damage can worsen and cause serious problems when the child is in adulthood.
To learn more about Zofran birth defects and your rights, please call an Amarillo of Wood Law Firm LLP, at 806-372-WOOD (9663) or contact us online.