Taking a certain anti-nausea drug during pregnancy may result in your child having Zofran kidney defects, according to an analysis of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s database.
The Toronto Star in Canada looked at side effect reports between 2010 and 2013 over ondansetron, a generic version of the medication, and found at least 20 that involved women in the country. All of these people were taking Zofran as a treatment for pregnancy morning sickness before bearing children with heart defects and kidney malformations. All of these instances, which mentioned two infant deaths, occurred in 2012 were recorded in the FDA’s side effect database, but is not available through Health Canada.
Four of the Canadian babies born to Zofran users weighed as little as four-and-a-half pounds. Another six were shown to have suffered “fetal growth restriction,” the Star reports. Zofran is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. The attorneys at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are urging anyone who experienced kidney defects allegedly caused by the medication to call the Firm directly for guidance on the legal process of filing lawsuit via the following number: 212-779-1414.
Kidney defects in babies born to mothers who took Zofran, which was approved in 1991 to alleviate nausea symptoms in chemotherapy and surgery recipients, are serious and can manifest in a range of developmental issues that cause one or both to not work correctly. It may also be associated with an abnormality that blocks urine flow so that it backs up into the kidneys. Referred to as hydronephrosis, people with this condition may have kidneys are visibly enlarged on an ultrasound. Babies with Zofran kidney defects may also sustain damage to the urinary tract. Zofran babies may also be born with reflux, which occurs when urine washes back up into the kidneys because the connector of a person’s ureter and bladder fails to do its job correctly. Aside from its effect on the kidneys, this medication has also been tied to a myriad of problems that may include cleft lips and palates, heart and musculoskeletal problems, and even fetal death.
Call our Firm for more information about filing a Zofran lawsuit that alleges Zofran birth or kidney defects. You may be entitled to compensation for out-of-pocket medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages allegedly caused by your injuries: 212-779-1414.