More than 60 cases are pending against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the makers of the popular anti-nausea drug, Zofran, after babies were born with severe birth cases. In a September, 2015, case, however, an infant girl not only developed severe heart defects, but passed away. The parents blame GSK for failing to disclose the risks associated with taking Zofran while pregnant.
According to the mother, who filed a complaint against GSK with the United States District Court for the State of Tennessee, Middle District, Nashville, her infant daughter was born with a heart defect that placed her heart on the right side of her body, as well as numerous other congenital heart defects, including aortic insufficiency, heterotaxy syndrome, and an atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD), which is marked by a hole in the center of the heart.
After being delivered, the baby girl was immediately taken to the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and placed on a life support machine for newborns. The infant’s doctors scheduled a heart transplant for the baby, but she passed away on September 8, 2014, only a day before the transplant was to take place.
The mother was prescribed Zofran during her first trimester semester after experiencing extreme morning sickness. She continued to suffer morning sickness throughout her pregnancy that was so severe that she was admitted to the hospital, where Zofran was administered to her intravenously.
According to numerous in-depth studies on Zofran and the dangers it poses to unborn infants, heart defects were found to be among many the risks associated with the medication. Other birth defects associated with taking Zofran while pregnant include:
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Musculoskeletal defects
- Hearing problems
- Vision problems
- Limb reduction, and more
Zofran Lawsuits Against GSK
As mentioned earlier, there are currently more than 60 pending Zofran lawsuits against GSK. The plaintiffs in the lawsuits were all given Zofran during pregnancy for morning sickness, and consequently, their babies were born with severe birth defects. In some cases, the mothers were forced to terminate the pregnancy early after fatal defect were found during a routine ultrasound.
GSK is notorious for falsely advertising their medication. In 2012, the company settled a lawsuit with the government and was fined $3 billion in a fraud settlement that resulting from the company falsely representing the following antidepressant medications:
- Avandia, and other medications
If You Took Zofran While Pregnant
Keep in mind that if you took Zofran while and your baby was injured as a result, you have the legal right to file for damages against the responsible party. Caring for a child born with birth defects is not only emotionally taxing, but the costs of medical care can quickly mount up to prices that the average family cannot afford. You may be eligible for compensation for pain, suffering, medical costs and expenses, lost wages, and much more. An experienced and knowledgeable Zofran lawyer can assist you in getting the compensation you and your baby rightfully deserve.