Zofran® (Ondansetron) is a drug manufactured by the pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline. The drug is usually prescribed by doctors to women who suffer from nausea during pregnancy. At the same time, the drug has shown to be effective in reducing or getting rid of nausea brought on by chemotherapy for cancer patients.
However, the pharmaceutical company that developed this drug has been hit by numerous drug injury lawsuits after it was discovered that many mothers who took the drug while pregnant gave birth to children with birth defects.
Some of the birth defects seen in children whose mothers took Zofran include:
Pregnant women who took the drug weren't spared from serious side-effects either; some of which include:
The numerous studies carried out on Zofran seem to come to a consensus over the serious side-effects related to the drug. That being said, the drug has not been pulled out of the market; doctors are now advised to reduce the drug dosage that they prescribe. In addition, criminal hearings against GlaxoSmithKline resulted in a $3 billion settlement and uncovered fraudulent dealings where doctors were given kickbacks to prescribe and promote it to their patients.
Birth defects resulting from Zofran use can last a lifetime. A baby born with a cleft lip or palate may need surgery to fix the condition as well as speech rehabilitation. Those born with heart defects may be limited with regard to what they can do in life as they grow up.
If you took Zofran or Ondansetron while pregnant and your baby suffered a birth defect as a result, you and your child deserve to be compensated. Please call Rasansky Law Firm today at (214) 617-1886 for your free consultation. We'll investigate the facts of your case for no charge and explain the legal options that are available to you.
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