Zofran Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Published on February 23, 2015 by Sandy Liebhard

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The nationwide law firm of Bernstein Liebhard LLP is investigating legal claims on behalf of families whose children may have been born with a Zofran cleft lip or cleft palate due to their mother’s use of the anti-nausea drug during pregnancy. In recent years, a number of studies and reports have linked Zofran (Ondansetron) or Zuplenz to an increased risk of birth defects, including oral clefts. If you took Zofran to control severe morning sickness during your pregnancy, and your baby was born with either of these defects, you could be entitled to compensation for your child’s medical bills and other damages.

zofran cleft lip and palateChildren born with a Zofran cleft palate or lip can experience feeding problems and other issues that have the potential to negatively impact their health and well-being. As such, they must endure reconstructive surgery – sometimes multiple procedures – at a very young age to correct the condition. If Zofran was to blame for your baby’s suffering, our attorneys can help you hold GlaxoSmithKline accountable. To learn more, please contact our office by calling today.

Zofran and Oral Clefts

Zofran is an anti-nausea medication indicated to treat post-operative surgery patients, as well as people undergoing certain types of chemotherapy and radiography. The drug has never been approved to treat pregnant women with severe morning sickness, though it has been routinely prescribed for this off-label use. In fact, in 2012 GlaxoSmithKline paid $3 billion to settle charges with the federal government over the marketing of several drugs, including Zofran. Among other things, the U.S. Department of Justice had accused the company of promoting the drug as a morning sickness treatment, including paying kickbacks to doctors to induce them to prescribe the medication.

In January 2012, a study appearing in the journal Birth Defects Research reported that women who where exposed to Zofran during their first trimester of pregnancy were 2.37 times more likely to have a baby with an oral cleft compared to those who were not exposed to the drug. The study drew from data on 9,000 pregnancies included in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.

A cleft palate, which is a split or opening in the roof of the mouth, is one of the most common birth defects, and affects around 1 in 970 newborn babies. A cleft lip, which occurs in about 1 in 700 births, is a split or separation between the two sides of the upper lip and appears as a narrow opening or gap in the upper lip. It can also can extend from the base of the nose and include the bones of the upper jaw and/or upper gum. Both cleft lip and cleft palate develop early in pregnancy, during the first trimester.

Was Your Baby Hurt By Zofran? Contact an Attorney Today.

Having a baby with a birth defect is never easy. But if you believe your baby was born with a Zofran cleft lip or cleft palate, our attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation to cover the costs of your baby’s medical treatments and other injury-related damages. To learn more about the process involved in filing a Zofran lawsuit on behalf of your child, please contact Bernstein Liebhard LLP today by calling .

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