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When your doctor prescribes you a medication, you expect your health to be in good hands. Unfortunately, it has come to light that popular anti-nausea drug Zofran, commonly prescribed by medical professionals for the treatment of morning sickness, has recently been linked to birth defects.
If you were prescribed Zofran, also generically known as ondanestron, during your pregnancy and your child was born with birth defects, you deserve justice. Our experienced Florida defective product attorneys can help you get the compensation you deserve.
For a free case evaluation, please call the personal injury law firm of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter at (407) 712-7300 today.
The Dangers of Zofran
Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1991 for preventing and eliminating nausea in chemotherapy and post-operative patients, Zofran has been seemingly effective. The problem however, is that the drug has never actually received approval from the FDA for use during pregnancy due to inconclusive evidence pertaining to its safety.
Despite the obvious ethical and legal implications of marketing the unapproved use of a potentially dangerous drug, Zofran manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) began promoting the drug to pregnant women seeking relief from severe morning sickness.
It has been suggested that GSK was aware of the possible health risks Zofran posed to pregnant women but chose to deliberately manipulate studies and mitigate the dissemination of the information to keep the drug from being recalled. It has also been suggested that GSK encouraged the drug’s off-label use with unlawful financial incentives to medical professionals who might be willing to prescribe it.
In short, the otherwise preventable harm that has been inflicted by Zofran is a direct result of deliberate negligence and those responsible should be held accountable.
Birth Defects Linked to Zofran
If you took Zofran during your pregnancy, there is a chance that your child may have been born with birth defects including:
- Physical deformities including misshapen skulls, cleft lips, cleft palates and club feet
- Mental impairment
- Hearing loss and vision problems
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Stomach problems
- Kidney malformation
- Congenital heart defects
Though no amount of financial compensation can account for the suffering your child endures, you have a right to seek justice.
If your child has suffered from birth defects that may be a result of Zofran, call the experienced Florida defective product attorneys Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter at (407) 712-7300 today to schedule a free case evaluation.