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Approximately 1 million pregnant women are prescribed ondansetron each year for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Ondansetron is the generic name for Zofran, a medication prescribed to treat severe nausea and vomiting.
Within the last few years, there have been numerous studies, research, and warnings explaining the potential risks associated with taking Zofran during pregnancy. Zofran use has been linked with various birth defects in children, in addition to sickness or illness in mothers during pregnancy.
The research, studies, and warnings have resulted in an increase in the use of generic ondansetron medication, and a decrease in use of brand name Zofran. A number of lawsuits and ongoing investigations into the possible link between Zofran and birth defects is also a likely culprit for the decline.
This page is intended to provide information regarding your potential Zofran lawsuit.
Birth Defects Associated with a Potential Zofran Lawsuit
Recent studies have found an increase in major congenital heart defects among babies who are exposed to Zofran during pregnancy. Normally, Zofran is prescribed to women during their first trimester for morning sickness, which coincides with the most crucial developmental period for babies. When Zofran is taken while pregnant it passes through the placenta and is exposed to the developing fetus.
A recent Danish study showed that women who were prescribed Zofran were 4.8 times more likely to give birth to children with atrioventricular septal defects (AVSD), which is a family of heart defects. The study additionally found an increase in both congenital malformations and birth defects. Several birth defects found to be associated with Zofran include:
- Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
- Heart Defects – Atrial septal defect (ASD) or ventricular septal defect (VSD)
- Musculoskeletal Anomalies
- Developmental Delays
You can find more information on these defects in our article about birth defects associated with Zofran.
As a result of the manufacturer of Zofran, GlaxoSmithKline, advertising Zofran off-label, the FDA has issued statements that have led to concern over prescribing Zofran to pregnant women.
Zofran Lawsuit Information for Women
If you were prescribed Zofran during your pregnancy and your child has suffered a heart defect or cleft palate, your family may be eligible to receive compensation for your child’s defect(s). At Birth Injury Guide, we help women understand their legal rights and options if they or their child were harmed by use of brand name Zofran. We represent clients in cleft palate and heart defect cases related to Zofran use during pregnancy.
A child suffering from a birth defect that may have been caused by Zofran use will likely have to deal with a number of side effects and difficulties throughout their life. Whether they will have lifelong pain or embarrassment, surgery, regular treatment or therapy, or possibly even death, your family may be able to pursue a Zofran lawsuit. If you believe that your child has suffered as a result of Zofran use, it is important that you speak with an attorney at Birth Injury Guide immediately.