While Zofran is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for nausea and vomiting in cancer patients, many doctors have may have prescribed Zofran for off-label use to help with morning sickness in their pregnant patients. The drug is one of the top-selling drugs in the United States for morning sickness and is prescribed to more than one million pregnant women in their first trimester of pregnancy.
Many babies whose mothers had taken Zofran during their pregnancies were born with severe birth defects. If you took Zofran during your pregnancy and gave birth to a baby with birth defects, you could pursue the compensation you may be entitled to with the help of a Zofran lawyer. Discussing your circumstances with an accomplished injury lawyer may help you determine whether you have a valid legal claim.
Zofran prescriptions were promoted by its manufacturer as a drug for morning sickness despite not being approved by the FDA for such use. Under USC Title 21 Chapter 9, or the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, this is illegal. Lawsuits against the manufacturer of Zofran, GlaxoSmithKline were filed by hundreds of families.
In July of 2012, the justice department also announced a three billion dollar settlement which resolved a multitude of claims against the manufacturer. When someone who took Zofran believes they have a viable claim, they may be able to speak with a lawyer who could help them determine their next steps.
The goal of a Zofran lawsuit is to obtain financial compensation for damages. In conjunction with the physical and emotional pain and suffering of their family, patients who have taken Zofran may have incurred additional medical expenses and lost wages due to missed time at work. A seasoned lawyer for Zofran claims may be able to help patients recover all of these damages after their use of Zofran.
Babies born to mothers who used Zofran may be at a higher risk for birth defects. Some of the birth defects that were linked to maternal Zofran use include:
A 2011 study conducted with a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that Zofran doubles the risks of birth defects overall. Another Danish study that included over 900,000 pregnant women who took Zofran, revealed that risk of infant heart defects increased two-fold. In two extreme cases, the drug has caused death.
A dedicated attorney could be passionate about helping families who were negatively impacted by Zofran use. If you took Zofran during your pregnancy and your baby was born with birth defects, you may benefit from the representation of a Zofran lawyer. They may be able to represent you in a mass tort lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline.
Legal representation may include obtaining medical records from hospitals and physicians offices. An attorney could also file the necessary claim forms for you. To find out more about how an attorney can help, call today.