Myrtle Beach Zofran Lawsuits
Birth Defect Lawsuits from Zofran Usage: What to Know
Myrtle Beach Zofran lawsuits are being filed by injured people everyday. What should you look for if you were prescribed Zofran?
What is Zofran?
Zofran (ondansetron) is an oral prescription that prevents nausea and vomiting. Often used to patients who experienced such symptoms after surgery or chemotherapy, Zofran has also been prescribed as an “off-label” treatment for expectant mothers who experience morning sickness. Zofran, which is manufactured by UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, works by blocking serotonin, which may cause nausea and vomiting.
What Complications has Zofran Caused?
Multiple studies within the past few years have linked Zofran usage during pregnancy to birth defects. Such birth defects include:
- Heart defects
- Cleft palate
- Malformation of the kidneys
- Skeletal defects
Most notably, women who were prescribed Zofran for morning sickness were more than twice as likely to deliver babies with a cleft palate. Additionally, babies were as much as four times more likely to have septal defects (otherwise known as “hole in the heart,” where cardiac tissue fails to develop properly.)
Litigation and Settlements
Allegations of birth defects resulting from Zofran were consolidated into a multidistrict litigation (MDL 2657) in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and is being overseen by Judge Dennis Saylor, IV.
As with any litigation, there is a possibility that GlaxoSmithKline might settle these cases. The manufacturer of Zofran already paid $3 billion in settlements in 2012.
What Should I Do if My Child Experienced Birth Defects After I Used Zofran?
If you or a loved one has a child who experienced birth defects after Zofran usage, the Mass Tort Team at the Lovely Law Firm is here to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Our team, headed by Justin Lovely, will work to determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation as a result of such birth defects. To schedule a case evaluation at no charge to answer any questions you may have, call 843-839-4111.
Link to studies: http://montco.legalexaminer.com/2015/04/16/studies-possible-link-zofran-birth-defects/