Defects & Dangers Tied to the Use of Zofran
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Though many medical professionals and organizations have now acknowledged that Zofran was never approved by the FDA for use in pregnant women, the “off label” usage of this drug may have already done serious damage. While GlaxoSmithKline has paid in a major health care fraud lawsuit with the Justice Department for their misleading marketing tactics, it is likely true that many suffering from this fraud are still left without deserved compensation.
Currently, there are two alleged problems that Zofran causes: birth defects in the children of women who took the drug during pregnancy and medical issues for the mothers themselves. As studies and reports continue to come out, more and more information continues to call into question the safety of Zofran.
If you believe you or a loved one have suffered medical issues related to the use of Zofran, you need a legal advocate who can help you navigate this process. Call Arnold & Itkin today to find out more.
Birth Defects Potentially Associated with Zofran
While Zofran was prescribed to many women to help with extreme morning sickness during pregnancy, the FDA never approved the drug. Still, doctors were encouraged by the manufacturers to believe that the drug was a viable option and had no associated dangers.
Unfortunately, many studies have potentially linked the following defects to the drug:
- Clef palate
- Kidney problems
- Ventricular septal and atrial septal defects
- Mouth deformities
- Musculoskeletal issues
- Neural tube defects
- Club foot
- Spina bifida
- Brain deformities
Not only have there been serious birth defects associated with this drug, but Zofran has also been suspected to have caused medical problems for mothers who have taken it. Some women who were prescribed Zofran have allegedly suffered from cardiac problems and Serotonin Syndrome. Studies have been done in Australia, Denmark, Sweden, and other countries, all showing the likelihood of a connection between defects and the use of Zofran. How can a drug that was never meant for pregnancy be given during pregnancy, with absolutely no concrete data to back up its safety? Though there is no definitive answer, it seems clear that the use of this drug should not continue until there is.
Take Action & Pursue Justice For mothers who took Zofran during pregnancy and question whether their health or the health of their child is at risk, we encourage you to seek medical attention. Then reach out to Arnold & Itkin, LLP for the advocacy you deserve.Get Your Free Case Evaluation