Zofran, also known as ondansetron, is a prescription-based medication that treats nausea and vomiting. It’s only been approved for cancer patients who experience nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy and radiation therapy, yet it’s also been prescribed numerous times to pregnant women, which has resulted in birth defects and a myriad of other medical problems.
Zofran Birth Defects
GlaxoSmithKline, the makers of Zofran, noticed a way to market the drug to a different set of patients: pregnant women who experience nausea and vomiting. In turn, physicians began prescribing Zofran for off-label use.
Most bouts of nausea and vomiting occur during the first trimester of pregnancy, when the risk of birth defects and miscarriage is the most highest. Therefore, Zofran is typically prescribed in the first trimester.
Numerous birth defects have been linked to Zofran, including:
- Heart defects
- Cleft lip
- Abdominal problems
- Vision problems
- Deformities of the skull
- Club foot and webbed toes
- Hearing loss
- Mental issues
- Fetal Growth Restriction
Pregnant women may also experience serious side effects, including:
- Serotonin syndrome
- Chest pain
- Excessive hives and rashes
- Breath shortness
- Erratic heartbeats
- Electricity in the heart
- Fetal growth restriction
For additional information, refer to our article, Zofran Birth Defects.
According to numerous court documents, since the 1990s, GlaxoSmithKline was well-aware of the dangers associated with pregnant women taking Zofran. Yet, the company continued to manufacture the medication and marketed it as an off-label drug for nausea and vomiting.
As a result, many lawsuits have followed, most of which indicate that GlaxoSmithKline failed to:
- Warn patients and the public regarding dangerous side effects that can occur when taking Zofran
- Make sure the medication was safe before marketing it to pregnant women
- Give the proper findings in previous animal studies that indicate the medication is unsafe
If your infant was born with birth defects after you were prescribed Zofran, the first step in obtaining justice is to file a Zofran claim. A claim is a legal assertion filed in court that acknowledges that you are seeking compensation from another party whose negligence caused injury.
For more information on the Zofran claims process, refer to our article, Zofran Claim.
The medical costs and expenses of having an infant with birth defects can be overwhelming. In turn, compensation for hazardous drug lawsuits generally provide considerable compensation.
Zofran compensation may cover a variety of costs, including:
- Past, present, and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish, and more
For more in-depth information, refer to our article, Zofran Compensation.
Keep in mind that if your baby was injured due to Zofran, the medical expenses may be long-term and can get quite expensive. You have the legal right to file for damages against the responsible party to help you cover costs not only for medical treatment, but for pain, suffering, lost wages, and much more.