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Zofran (known generically as ondansetron) is an anti-nausea drug that was approved by the FDA to help cancer patients and can be taken as a pill or through an injection. It was never approved for pregnant women, and GSK knew, all the way back in 1992, that Zofran presented a serious risk to developing babies. Nevertheless, the manufacturer and developer of Zofran, GlaxoSmithKline (“GSK”), illegally promoted the drug for use in pregnant women. In 2012, GSK pled guilty to federal charges of fraud and illegal promotion of Zofran and other drugs. GSK paid $3 billion as part of a settlement with the federal government.
Serious Side Effects
Zofran works by blocking a neurotransmitter called Serotonin. The drug is extremely dangerous for developing babies because it can pass through the placenta and directly affect the fetus. There have been a number of studies published in the last two years documenting the dangerous effects of Zofran. In 2013, a Denmark study involving 900,000 pregnant women found that Zofran doubled the risk of heart malformations. The Slone Epidemiology Center and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a control study involving over 9,000 women, which showed Zofran doubled the risk for babies being born with cleft palates when Zofran was used in the first trimester.
Defects potentially caused by Zofran are:
- Congenital heart defects
- Cleft lip/palate
- Musculoskeletal deformities
- Kidney defects
What You Can Do
Romano Law Group is actively representing mothers and fathers who had a child born with a serious birth defect after the mother took Zofran (or the generic equivalent, ondansetron) during the first trimester of pregnancy. Here where to start:
- Call Romano Law Group today and speak to one of our experienced attorneys who can help you understand your rights regarding the use of defective prescription drugs.
- Be prepared to explain your story to our legal experts so we can help you determine your best course of action for compensation. It will also help us evaluate your claim if you obtain the prescription records from the pharmacy for the drugs prescribed during the pregnancy.
- If we determine your case qualifies for a Romano lawsuit, a mass tort specialist will walk you through the process and potential outcomes of a group legal proceeding against a major drug manufacturer.
Please don’t hesitate to call us. We are here to help you understand your legal options and work together for a solution that will benefit both you and the community as a whole.