Zofran is also known as Ondansetron and works by blocking the actions of bio-chemicals in the body that are used to trigger nausea and vomiting under certain conditions. This drug is often used to help patients undergoing any surgery or receiving cancer treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy. Although it is intended for cancer and similar patients, some manufacturers and healthcare providers prescribed it to pregnant women as a way to relieve the symptoms associated with morning sickness. However, these mothers were never warned by the manufacturer of the dangers associated with the drug.
What are Zofran Birth Defects?
When pregnant mothers take Zofran, the drug is also ingested by the unborn fetus, which can have serious consequences because the drug is intended only for adults. After-market scientific studies now suggest mothers who took the drug (especially during the first trimester of pregnancy) may have a higher risk of giving birth to children with serious defects, including but not limited to:
- Heart defects
- Facial dysmorphia
- Hearing loss
- Inguinal hernia
- Orofacial clefts
- Sensitivity to light
- Webbed toes and deformed extremities
- Other congenital malformations
Zofran Birth Defects Liability
The FDA never approved Zofran or its main active ingredient for the purpose of treating morning sickness during pregnancy, and the manufacturers knew this. In fact, the drug manufacturers never conducted clinical trials in house to test the safety of the drug as a morning sickness treatment. Nonetheless, the drug companies are alleged to have persuaded healthcare providers to write prescriptions in an “off label” manner to treat common pregnancy nausea without any formal approval even though there was a potential risk to the newborn children of women who took the drug.
Zofran Birth Defects Lawsuits
The number of cases against GlaxoSmithKline, the leading manufacturer of Zofran, has grown into the hundreds, although the number is expected to rise exponentially when the public becomes aware of its dangers. These lawsuits allege that Glaxo purposely hid data showing the drug had been linked to several serious birth defects and failed to properly warn the public. Plaintiffs have also alleged the company hired to promote the drug improperly marketed it as a safe treatment for morning sickness.
Zofran Birth Defects Lawyer
If you took Zofran when you were pregnant and your child suffered from any form of birth defect, contact the attorneys at Dax F. Garza, P.C. immediately as there is a limited time to act.