A mother from Oneida, New York has filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) alleging that her use of the anti-nausea drug Zofran in pregnancy caused her son to be born with a cleft palate.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with a birth defect after the mother took Zofran during pregnancy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
October 7, 2016 – According to the lawsuit (Case No. 1:16-cv-11980-FDS), the woman was prescribed a generic version of Zofran (ondansetron) during her first and second trimester of pregnancy, which she used as directed. Her son “P.B.”, now 4-years-old, was born with both a cleft hard palate and unilateral right cleft lip, according to the complaint.
Zofran has only been approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment and surgery; however, the drug is commonly prescribed “off-label” to pregnant women for morning sickness. Although it is legal for doctors to prescribe medications off-label, mothers who took Zofran in pregnancy have given birth to children with birth defects.
In 2011, a study that examined data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) found that Zofran use during pregnancy doubles the risk that children will be born with a cleft palate.
Plaintiff is suing GSK for $10 million in damages for the “severe and permanent pain and suffering, mental anguish [and] medical expenses” her and her son suffered as a result of the drugmaker’s failure to adequately warn about the risk of birth defects with Zofran. The case has been added to the multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Boston, where nearly 300 other complaints alleging similar damages have been consolidated for pretrial handling.
Do I Have a Zofran Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Zofran lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new birth defect cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if your child was harmed by the side effects of Zofran, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.