South Carolina Zofran Lawsuit Lawyers
Has your baby suffered from birth defects as a result of you taking Zofran (ondansetron) during pregnancy? As Zofran birth defect victims, you and your child may be entitled to compensation for medical costs, emotional distress, loss of income, and other damages. Zofran was never approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat morning sickness in pregnant women. However, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) marketed Zofran for this very purpose, all for the sake of profits and at the expense of the health and well-being of expectant mothers and their infants in an egregious display of negligence.
Since illegally promoting the drug’s “off-label” usage has resulted in a multitude of fetal injuries, GSK paid a $2 billion settlement in a civil lawsuit in 2012. However, this settlement did not include payments for damages suffered due to the use of Zofran.
The Joe and Martin Law Firm is currently accepting Zofran lawsuits. If you have taken Zofran during pregnancy, please contact us right away at (843) 357-8888 for a FREE consultation. We are standing by to anwer all of your questions regarding your legal rights and possible involvement in the mass tort against GSK for it's unlawful promotion of Zofran.
Why Are Former Zofran Users Filing Lawsuits?
The FDA approved the use of Zofran ONLY for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. After it's approval, Zofran manufacturer GSK illegally promoted the drug to physicians as a viable treatment option for pregnant women experiencing severe nausea, which it was not specifically approved for. Since then, several medical studies published in recent years have linked Zofran to the increased occurrence of major birth defects:
- In August 2013, a group of researchers compared outcomes among nearly 900,000 women who took Zofran during pregnancy between 1997-2010. They found that Zofran was associated with a doubled risk of heart defects, contributing to a 30 percent increased risk of birth defects overall.
- In December 2013, Australian researchers linked the use of Zofran in the first trimester with a non-significant 20 percent increased risk of birth defects.
- In December 2014, a study was published in Reproductive Toxicology that indicated a doubled risk of septal heart defects in infants whose mothers took Zofran during early pregnancy from 1998-2012.
Besides the aforementioned birth defects, Zofran use has also been linked to an increased risk of:
- Cleft Lip
- Cleft Palate
- Club Foot
- Craniosynostosis (skull deformities)
For more detailed information on Zofran check out WebMD by clicking here.
Claims against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)
Since 1992, GSK has been marketing Zofran to pregnant women despite knowing that it passes from mother to fetus through the placenta, presenting an unreasonable risk of harm to developing infants. Along with this, GSK has committed multiple actions which constitute negligence and can be grounds for a lawsuit. Among them:
- Producing a defective drug
- Failure to make dangerous side effects know to the public
- Failure to ensure the drug's safety and risks before selling to public
- Unlawfully marketing the drug for uses not approved by the FDA
Do I Have a Zofran Lawsuit?
If you have taken Zofran during pregnancy and your child was born with a birth defect, you may have a very strong product liability claim against GSK. Nothing can leave a parent feeling more scared and hopeless than having a child born with severe birth defects. No parent should have to suffer that kind of horror due to the negligence of a pharmaceutical company. Please contact our Zofran lawyers at (843) 357-8888 to receive immediate assistance. You may also submit an online contact form and one of our dedicated legal staff members will get back to you ASAP.