Women who took a certain medication for extreme nausea during pregnancy may have borne a child with a Zofran club foot, which is a foot that is smaller than normal, points downward, or may be rotated towards the other. This is considered a musculoskeletal abnormality, and a side effect of the medication. The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are fielding legal questions regarding the potential for taking legal action against the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, and are urging any woman who had a child with this birth defect, or a Zofran club hand, to dial the Firm today.
If your child was born with a Zofran birth defect, the time is now to take action. Although a club foot or hand may be painless in babies, they could become extremely problematic as the child grows and continues to develop.
Zofran club foot is one of the many serious complications of this medication, manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. According to WebMD.com, this birth defect may manifest in the following symptoms:
If Zofran club foot is left untreated, it will not straighten out and the affected leg may be shorter than the other.
Over the past several years, this complication and several others have been noted by women who took the medication to treat extreme nausea during their first trimester of pregnancy. The drug is not approved for this use, however. It was cleared in 1991 to treat chemotherapy and radiation patients, and those who had recently undergone surgery.
In addition to claims included in recent Zofran lawsuits, GlaxoSmithKline has been accused promoting the drug for this off-label use at the federal court level. The company agreed in 2012 to pay $3 billion to settle charges from the U.S. Department of Justice that involved this and several other medications. Among other things, the federal government accused the manufacturer of paying kickbacks to doctors in exchange for their promise to prescribe Zofran to pregnant women looking to relieve extreme nausea.
Women who took Zofran may also give birth to a child with Zofran club hand, which is referred to as radial dysplasia and is a deviation of the wrist and shortening of the forearm.
Birth defects other than club foot and hand, such as Zofran cleft lips, have been explored in a number of studies. In January 2012, the Birth Defects Research journal found a 2.37 percent increased risk of cleft lips in women who took the medication, compared to those who weren’t exposed. Data from 9,000 pregnancies were included in the investigation, which was referred to as the National Birth Defects Prevention Study.
If the answer is yes, call our attorneys for more information about the process of filing a zofran lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline. The Firm can be reached at .