Zofran is an anti-nausea drug that is used to treat morning sickness in pregnancy. Although the actual risk to pregnant women is unclear, studies have found a 30% increased risk of birth defects, including “hole in the heart” defects and cleft palate, and hundreds of incidents of birth defects have been reported.
The Fitch Law Firm is accepting cases now involving birth defects as the result of pregnant patients taking Zofran. If your child has suffered a birth defect as the result of you or a loved one taking Zofran while pregnant, you need an experienced bad drug lawyer to help you navigate the complicated legal process necessary to fight the big drug companies.
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What is Zofran?
Zofran is an anti-nausea drug created by GlaxoSmithKline that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1991 for use by chemotherapy and surgery patients. The drug has not been approved for use by pregnant women. The FDA classifies Zofran as a “Pregnancy Category B” medication, meaning no one knows if it is safe for pregnant women.
Zofran birth defect research
Zofran has been linked to a number of birth defects through several different medical research studies.
A group of researchers studied data on nearly 900,000 pregnancies between 1997 and 2010 from Denmark. Their study linked Zofran with a doubled risk of heart defects and a 30% increased risk of birth defects overall. Of the 1,428 women who used Zofran in the first trimester of pregnancy, 4.7% had a baby with a birth defect. That compares to a 3.5% rate of birth defects for women who did not use Zofran.
In addition, a December 2014 study published in Reproductive Toxicology by researchers in Sweden showed Zofran doubled the risk of septal heart defects, based on data from more than 1,300 babies whose mothers took Zofran from 1998-2012. And In 2012, a study published by Birth Defects Research found that Zofran was linked to a 2.4-times increased risk of cleft palate.
Birth defects linked to Zofran include:
- Atrial septal defect
- Heart murmur
- Cleft lip
- Cleft palate
- Ventricular septal defect
- Heart defects
- Heart murmur
- Fetal growth restriction
- Kidney defects
- Musculoskeletal defects
The Fitch Law Firm understands your Zofran case
Whether it’s a cleft palate or a heart murmur, the complications resulting from a pregnant mother taking Zofran can be difficult for families to handle, and they can also be financially draining. You shouldn’t be responsible for these bills. Especially if they were caused by a drug company’s negligence.
If you or a loved one delivered a baby with birth defects as the result of taking Zofran, you need the experienced legal professionals at the Fitch Law Firm fighting for you.
Among the compensation you may be entitled to are:
- Surgical procedures
- Hospital stays
- Doctor visits
- Emotional suffering
The professionals at the Fitch Law Firm in Columbus, Ohio, have decades of experience battling big drug companies to get compensation for their clients who have suffered because of bad drugs.