Zofran lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) continue to mount up. In another recent case, a plaintiff from Idaho filed a lawsuit against the company after her daughter was born with birth defects that have affected the child significantly.
According to court documents filed at the United States District Court for the District of Idaho, the plaintiff was given Zofran during pregnancy to help battle extreme morning sickness. In 2007, her daughter was born with clubfoot and congenital band syndrome.
What is Congenital Band Syndrome?
Congenital band syndrome, also known as congenital constriction band syndrome or amniotic band constriction, is a birth defect that’s marked by an infant’s body parts becoming trapped in the fibrous amniotic bands. This can cause an infant’s limbs to form improperly and restrict tissue. Amniotic bands can also compress the infant’s nerves, causing a host of other medical problems.
In many instances, surgery is needed to correct the problems. Recovery time can be especially difficult for infants after surgery, and usually requires wearing compression garments and alignment equipment. Additional surgery may be required to realign the limbs if the first procedure was unsuccessful.
What is Clubfoot?
Clubfoot is a foot abnormality, typically present at birth, in which the foot is twisted and in an unusual position, making it difficult for a child to crawl and walk. Stretching and casting are the normal treatments for clubfoot, but in severe cases, surgery may be required.
Zofran and Birth Defects
Numerous studies indicate that taking Zofran while pregnant leads to a heightened risk of babies developing birth defect. Congenital band syndrome and clubfoot are among a few of the numerous birth defects associated with Zofran.
GSK allegedly failed to warn the public about the risks of taking Zofran while pregnant. Instead, the company began to market the drug as off-label use for morning sickness, and in turn, a myriad of infants have been born with severe birth defects.
The plaintiff joins more than 60 other parents who’ve filed a Zofran lawsuit against GSK for failing to properly warn the public of risks. According to the plaintiff, she would have never taken Zofran had she known it would affect her child.
Zofran is Not Approved for Pregnancy
Currently, Zofran is approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people with cancer undergoing chemotherapy or those undergoing surgery. It’s never been approved for used by pregnant women, yet since physicians were reportedly receiving “kickbacks” from GSK, they continued to prescribe the medication in alarming numbers for morning sickness.
Were You Given Zofran While Pregnant?
If you were given Zofran while pregnant and your baby was injured as a result, keep in mind that you too have the legal right to file a Zofran lawsuit against the responsible party. In many cases, medical expenses that occur due to treating birth defects is generally more than the average family can afford. Furthermore, depending on how severe the birth defect is, these medical costs may got on for a lifetime.
You may be eligible to damages to help offset the costs of medical expenses, as well as compensation for pain, suffering, lost wages, and more.