Zofran® Birth Defects
Gerald Schwartz is a former pharmacist who advised patients and their physicians about medications. For the last 30 years, he has been an advocate for injured people as a trial lawyer. He is a past President of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Schwartz is reviewing Zofran® cases, in association with other attorneys, to determine if children born with birth defects may be eligible for compensation.Did You Take Zofran® for Morning Sickness During Early Pregnancy?
Zofran® is being prescribed to pregnant women during the first trimester of pregnancy to treat “morning sickness”, or NVP (Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy). Recent studies indicate there may be a link between taking Zofran® during pregnancy and an increased risk of birth defects.
Zofran®, a product of pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), was never approved by the FDA for the treatment of morning sickness.Could Zofran® Have Caused My Baby’s Birth Defect?
The birth defects that studies suggest may be linked to use of Zofran® during the first trimester of pregnancy include, among others:
- Heart/Septal Wall Defects
- Cleft Palate
- Cleft Lip
- Club Foot
- Musculo-Skeletal Defects
- Nerual Tube Defects
- Kidney Malformation
Zofran® was never approved by the FDA for use by pregnant women; however, GSK chose to market Zofran® to doctors and medical facilities as an effective remedy for morning sickness. In 2012, GSK admitted guilt in a case brought against it by the Justice Department for the fraudulent marketing of Zofran® and other drugs. When a pharmaceutical company promotes the use of a drug in ways that have not been approved, it is called “off-label marketing”. Even though court filings show that GSK knew about the possible link between Zofran® and birth defects, GSK did not share this information with the doctors of pregnant women.For the Families of Babies Born with Birth Defects
You may be entitled to compensation from GlaxoSmithKline, one of the largest drug companies in the world, for its off-label promotion of Zofran® for morning sickness. Call Pharmacist-Attorney Gerald Schwartz for a free consultation to learn your legal rights.
** If you are presently taking Zofran® for morning sickness, consult your doctor before stopping or starting any medications. Zofran® is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline.