Is your child suffering because of a birth defect that might be related to Zofran (Ondansetron) or Zuplenz, a medication sometimes used to alleviate nausea and vomiting related to hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of “morning sickness?” The Zofran lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are investigating claims that mothers who were treated with this medication during their pregnancy are more likely to have a child with serious congenital abnormalities and complications, including:
Raising a child with serious birth defects can be financially and emotionally challenging. By working with a Zofran attorney, you may be able to obtain the type of financial compensation that will ensure all of your child’s needs are met, now and in the future.
The effects of Zofran on a developing fetus have never been well-studied, and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has never approved the medication as a treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum. However, many expectant mothers have been prescribed this drug off-label to alleviate the severe, and almost constant, nausea and vomiting related to the condition. In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay $3 billion to settle charges with the federal government over the way it marketed a number of drugs, including accusations that the company had actively promoted Zofran as an off-label treatment for severe morning sickness.
Now, mounting evidence indicates that prenatal exposure to Zofran may be tied to an increased incidence of birth defects. In late 2011, for example, researchers looking at data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study reported that expectant mothers treated with Zofran during their first trimester were more than twice as likely to have a baby with a cleft lip or cleft palate. Then in 2013, a study that looked at more than 900,000 Danish pregnancies suggested that treatment with Zofran in early pregnancy was related to an increased risk for heart abnormalities, including atrial and ventricular septal defects. That same year, the Toronto Star reported that 20 Canadian women who had been treated with Zofran or a generic version had children with a variety of complications, including heart defects, oral clefts, and kidney abnormalities. The report also revealed two instances of fetal death.
Nothing can completely make up for the harm done to your baby. But by contacting a Zofran attorney today, you may be able to obtain compensation for any of the physical, financial and emotional damages related to your child’s birth defect, including:
The Zofran lawyers at Bernstein Liebhard LLP are members of a legal team that has earned a formidable reputation as a strong advocate for the victims of defective drugs and medical devices. Since 1993, our Firm has recovered more than $3 billion for our clients. To learn how we can help your family, please call our office today at to arrange for a free, no obligation case review.