Zofran has caused many drug injuries to both pregnant women and their unborn children. Some of these have been quite severe. The Zofran birth defects that have occurred include congenital heart defects, such as irregular heart rhythm, and cleft lip and cleft palate. The medication also has been found to cause a higher risk of heart issues in the women who took the drug for their morning sickness. Zofran was not FDA approved for use by pregnant women. Zofran was not tested to determine its safety for pregnant women and their children, and it was marketed off-label by the manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline. Since patients were not aware of the very serious dangers associated with taking this prescription drug for morning sickness, Zofran manufacturer should be held responsible for their actions in pushing doctors to prescribe it to the women.
What is Zofran?
Zofran is a drug that was originally created to help chemotherapy patients treat nausea and vomiting. It works by blocking serotonin and serotonin receptors that are found in the brain and gut, preventing nerve messages being sent to the nausea and vomiting centers. Zofran was not created to help pregnant women with morning sickness. However, GlaxoSmithKline started marketing Zofran to pregnant women, saying it could help with their morning sickness. They even gave kickbacks and encouraged doctors to prescribe it to pregnant women, even though it had not tested Zofran for side effects with pregnant women or received approval by the FDA for that use.
Current Zofran Lawsuit Settlements
Zofran Manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, plead guilty to fraud and illegal marketing of the product. Zofran manufacturer even gave kickbacks to doctors to encourage them to prescribe it to women. They paid $3 billion after an order by the Justice Department, however this settlement was not for specific injuries suffered by pregnant women or their children. The settlement only applies to Zofran fraud and illegal marketing.
Our Zofran lawyers are currently accepting clients across the country who suffered injuries. It is time to make Zofran pay for their deliberate fraud and resulting injuries to you and your child. If you or someone you love have been on Zofran and were harmed in any way, or your child has had birth defects, you will want to contact us here at the Drug Injury Legal Group immediately.