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Zofran Class Action Lawsuits

Hundreds of families have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, claiming the company’s anti-nausea drug Zofran causes birth defects. Despite having never been approved for use during pregnancy, Zofran is currently the top-selling morning sickness drug in the US. More than 1 million women are prescribed the drug every year, many in their first trimester, when developing fetuses are most susceptible to harm.

Use of Zofran during the first ten weeks of pregnancy has been linked to the development of congenital cardiac malformations and cleft lip and cleft palate deformities.  If you or a loved one had a child with birth defects after being prescribed Zofran during pregnancy, contact us today for a free evaluation from one of our firm’s experienced injury attorneys. 800.229.7704.

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What is Zofran?

Zofran is an oral medication prescribed to combat nausea and vomiting that may be caused by surgery, cancer treatments (chemotherapy) or radiation treatments. It works by blocking the 5-HT3 serotonin receptors on the vagal nerves which run from the stomach to the throat and in the “chemoreceptor trigger zone”, meaning, it blocks chemicals (serotonin) in the body that can trigger nausea and vomiting.

Zofran was developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and approved by the FDA in 1991 to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. GSK also promoted off-label use of the drug to treat morning sickness in pregnant women for which it recently paid civil penalties. However, Zofran was never approved for use during pregnancy.

Side Effects of Zofran

Zofran, as with any other medication, does cause some side effects, though many people using the drug do not experience these effects. The following is a list of the most commonly observed side effects:

  • Blurred vision/dizziness/light headedness
  • Confusion
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • General weakness/drowsiness
  • Constipation or diarrhea

If you experience any of these side effects from taking Zofran, contact your doctor immediately.

Zofran Birth Defects

Zofran is listed as a “Category B” medication for pregnancy. Category B indicates that the medication has not been proven safe for use during pregnancy. However, many women have been prescribed Zofran for morning sickness.

Nausea and vomiting may persist through pregnancy, but most often occurs during the first trimester when the developing fetus is most vulnerable to damage caused by medications. Studies have shown that the use of Zofran during pregnancy has been shown to cause birth defects, including:

  • Cleft palate
  • Fetal heart defects
  • Congenital heart defects
  • Kidney malformation
  • Jaundice
  • Skeletal defects
  • Fetal growth restriction
  • Spontaneous abortion
  • Stillbirth

A child or the family of a child who was injured because the mother was given Zofran during pregnancy may be entitled to compensation for damages. Monetary damages awarded to those injured by medications may include coverage of medical costs, lost wages and pain and suffering.  

If you or your newborn have experienced any of the side effects or birth defects listed above, contact us immediately. The Zofran attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer are ready to help determine whether you have a claim. 800.229.7704.

Zofran Lawsuits

Although it has never been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use during pregnancy, Zofran has quickly become the number one selling morning sickness drug in the United States, with more  than 1 million women being prescribed every year. Despite Zofran’s link to serious birth defects, many of these prescriptions are given while the mothers are in their first trimester, the most susceptible stage of a fetus’ development.

As a result, more than 500 families have filed lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of Zofran, over allegations that the company marketed the drug to pregnant women without FDA approval, failed to warn consumers about the risks and even went so far as to hide evidence of these risks (most notably, the strong links between their anti-nausea drug and serious birth defects).

These Zofran-related legal claims center on the cause of birth defects and whether the drug maker is liable for injuries sustained by infants whose mothers took the medication while pregnant.

If you or your child have suffered an injury as a result of taking Zofran while pregnant, contact us today to learn if you are eligible for compensation. 800.229.7704.