Off Label Usage of Anti Nausea Drug Zofran Linked to Birth Defects
Since the drug Zofran was approved by the FDA in 1991 to treat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, it has been marketed and prescribed as an anti-nausea and anti-vomiting drug for pregnant women dealing with “morning sickness.” However, medical studies have now linked Zofran to a significant increase in the likelihood of children developing birth defects including cleft palates and heart defects, such as atrial septal defect (ASD) and ventricular septal defect (VSD). You can read more about the dangers of this drug on our Zofran birth defects page.
Zofran Lawsuits Filed in Louisiana
Recently, two plaintiffs filed a products liability lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the maker of Zofran, alleging breach of express and implied warranties, fraudulent concealment, fraudulent misrepresentation, negligence, negligence per se, negligent infliction of emotion distress, negligent misrepresentation, strict products liability and violation of the Louisiana Product Liability Act. In short, the plaintiffs claim GSK knew of the risks inherent in Zofran but continued to market it as a drug for pregnant women and failed to warn of its dangers, which actions led to birth defects in children which would not have otherwise occurred.
The Louisiana Zofran birth defect lawsuit seeks actual and punitive damages from GSK. Filed in United States District Court, the lawsuit alleges “[t]o date, GSK has received more than 200 reports of birth defects in children who were exposed to Zofran while in utero. Upon information and belief, the number of such event that were actually reported to GSK comprises only a small fraction of all such events.”
Although this recent lawsuit against GSK arising out of Zofran birth defects may take years to reach a settlement or trial, it is the most-recent sign of trouble for the drug maker. It may also be a signal to others harmed by Zofran or similar defective drugs to take legal action to protect their rights, and earn the financial compensation they deserve as a result.
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