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Zofran Use May Be Linked to Birth Defects

Posted on in Birth Injuries

Zofran and pregnancy, Chicago product liability lawyerMany pregnant women experience morning sickness during their pregnancies. Some experience nausea so severe they are unable to function. Most of those women may have been prescribed a drug called Zofran to help with their morning sickness. The problem with Zofran is that it is has not been labeled for use in pregnant women. It is supposed to be used for cancer patients. So why is GlaxoSmithKline allowing their product to be prescribed to women who are pregnant if they have not tested the effects of Zofran on pregnant women? It is medical malpractice to allow their defective drug to continue to be prescribed for uses it is not approved for.

Separate studies have shown a possible link to the use of Zofran in pregnant women in their first trimester and birth defects in their children. Multiple lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline stated Zofran caused birth defects or wrongful deaths after using the drug, that the company marketed the drug to pregnant women without approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and produced a defective drug. The FDA approved the drug for use in cancer patients during and after treatments and surgeries. It has not been tested for side effects in pregnant women.

This is not the first time Zofran and GlaxoSmithKline have been the subject of a lawsuit for illegal promotion of drugs. The company paid $3 billion as part of the legal settlement in 2012 after federal charges were brought against the company. The company is now being sued by families for specific allegations in relation to the use and misrepresentation of their marketing for Zofran.

While Zofran has been known to ease the nausea and morning sickness in many women who are pregnant, many have paid a high price without knowing what it could cost them. Without having performed any clinical trials, GlaxoSmithKline should not have marketed or promoted Zofran for use in pregnant women. They have a responsibility to the families who have been affected by the defective drug to compensate them for their loss, producing a defective drug, and misrepresenting the drug’s side effects to pregnant women. An experienced defective drug attorney can help families understand their right to compensation and the legal process.

Birth defects or wrongful deaths in infants caused by Zofran have a life long impact on the child, parents, and families. Contact a Chicago defective drug lawyer today. Hurley McKenna & Mertz, P.C. has experienced attorneys who work hard to get their clients the compensation they deserve. Caring for a child with birth defects is not easy and parents should not have to worry about how they will pay for their child’s medical care or living expenses due to a defective drug. Contact our Chicago law office at 312-553-4900 for a free initial consultation.

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