Hire a Qualified Zofran Attorney
The national drug injury lawyers at The Sanders Firm are alarmed by reports of an alleged link between the anti-nausea drug Zofran (ondansetron) and birth defects in children whose mothers were prescribed the drug off-label during pregnancy as a treatment for morning sickness. Although the actual risk – if any – of fetal injury posed by Zofran is not yet clear, we have spoken with mothers who are distraught to think that their child suffers because they took a drug they were told was safe. If they had been told there was even the possibility of a risk to their child, they would never have taken the drug.
Now mothers whose children suffer from cardiac malformations, cleft palate and other birth defects are left only with questions: Does Zofran cross the placental barrier? Does it have an adverse effect on fetal development? Can it directly cause heart defects or other birth defects? And maybe most troubling of all … is it possible that the drug maker knew that Zofran was dangerous for developing fetuses and promoted its use for morning sickness anyway?
More medical studies needed
Preliminary scientific findings have raised the possibility that children exposed to ondansetron in utero have an increased risk for heart defects, but the research is not definitive and more studies need to be done. The FDA has never approved Zofran for use as a treatment for morning sickness, and currently classifies ondansetron as a “pregnancy category B” drug, which means that no animal studies have shown a fetal risk. However, there is an equal lack of studies proving that Zofran is safe for pregnant mothers to take.
The FDA has issued several safety notices with regard to Zofran, alerting consumers that the drug may increase the risk of developing abnormal heart rhythms or the potentially fatal heart condition Torsades de Pointes. We have no choice but to ask, along with the mothers who call our offices every day: Can a drug that poses heart risks to adults be safe for a developing fetus to be exposed to?
The product liability attorneys at The Sanders Firm are dedicated to representing victims of negligent pharmaceutical companies. Big drug companies have deep pockets, and to fight them in court and get justice for you and your family, you need a law firm with the resources, expertise and tenacity to come out on top. If you or a loved one was hurt by a drug whose dangers were withheld from you, contact us today for a free case evaluation: 888.972.8566.
Zofran history and uses
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) first brought anti-nausea drug Zofran (ondansetron) to the American market back in 1991. At that time, it had received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for queasiness and vomiting in surgical and chemotherapy patients. Despite the fact that this was the only use for which Zofran was granted approval, the drug also became popular as a way to alleviate severe morning sickness in expectant mothers. This so-called “off-label” use gained widespread acceptance among physicians nationwide.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, GSK marketed Zofran for this specific purpose, and illegally paid kickbacks to doctors to prescribe the drug. Though GSK denies any and all wrongdoing regarding Zofran, these allegations were one of many claims which were resolved by a record-setting $3 billion settlement that the drug maker agreed to in 2012.
Zofran research raises real concerns
Recent studies conducted to assess the effect of Zofran use during pregnancy on fetal development have yielded conflicting results. One such study reviewed 900,000 birth events catalogued in the Danish Medical Birth Registry and found that Zofran use produced a doubling of the risk of heart defects and a 30% jump in the incidence of birth defects overall.
Research continues to probe a possible connection between Zofran and:
- Cleft palate
- Atrial septal heart defects
- Fetal growth restriction
- Skeletal deformities
- Kidney problems
How a skilled Zofran attorney can make a difference
Plaintiffs who file product liability cases over dangerous drugs generally make claims that they were not adequately warned of the risks they were facing when taking the drug, that their injuries were directly caused by the drug and could not reasonably have been caused by anything else, and that the manufacturer knew consumers were being put in jeopardy, but chose to prioritize profits over safety.
Drug injury lawsuits generally seek damages for:
- Current, past and future medical expenses
- Therapy and rehabilitation services
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Not every lawyer has the skills and track record to effectively represent plaintiffs in dangerous drug cases.
Those considering litigation should steer clear of lawyers who:
- Lack a concrete history of representing plaintiffs in dangerous or defective drug litigation
- Make bold promises about monetary outcomes
- Do not offer personalized service and consistent accessibility
- Seem unwilling to answer questions or provide case status updates
- Cannot provide proof of prior successes on behalf of clients
- Do not have access to a strong network of medical and other experts
Get the Zofran lawyer you deserve
Choosing the right lawyer is a major step forward towards getting the favorable outcome you deserve.
Look for a drug injury attorney who:
- Is able to outline his or her specific experience with dangerous drug and product liability lawsuits
- Has a reputation among deep-pocketed drug companies as a respected adversary
- Does not guarantee results, but has a record of success
- Has cultivated an extensive network of medical experts, loss analysts, researchers and support staff
- Possesses experience and skill at each stage of litigation, including pretrial discovery, settlement negotiations and trial
Committed to securing justice for the injured
For over 46 years, The Sanders Firm has been dedicated to the pursuit of justice for drug injury victims across the country. Our product liability lawyers are known to pharmaceutical companies as tenacious litigators who will zealously fight for fair compensation and corporate accountability. Not only are we committed to fighting for maximum compensation for our clients, we take pride in bringing negligent practices to light and facilitating deterrents to future misconduct in the pharmaceutical industry.
If you suspect that Zofran use during pregnancy may have been to blame for your child’s birth defect, we invite you to contact us at 1-888-972-8566 for a free evaluation of your potential Zofran lawsuit. We only accept personal injury cases on a contingency basis, meaning that no fees will ever be owed unless you receive a settlement or trial award. We will guide you through all of your legal options, and help you decide if filing a Zofran lawsuit is the right choice for you and your family.