While suffering from nausea and vomiting is a common occurrence in pregnant women, sometimes it could become so severe that it threatened the health of both the pregnant woman and the unborn child. Up until recently, doctors would prescribe an anti-nausea medicine known as Zofran (ondansetron).
Recent court cases have found that the makers of Zofran, GlaxoSmithKline, had knowledge that Zofran could cause damage to unborn babies as early as 1992, however, they continued to push the drug on pregnant women. Because Zofran can cross the placental barrier, it can enter directly into the unborn babies’ blood streams and cause birth defects.
Zofran is known for causing the following birth defects:
- Cleft palate
- Cleft lip
- Heart defects
- Holes in the heart
- Club foot
- Deformities in the skull
GlaxoSmithKline must be held accountable for the manufacture and distribution of Zofran with the knowledge that it could harm unborn children. While it was FDA-approved for the relief of nausea in cancer patients, it was never approved for use in pregnant women.
If Zofran was prescribed to you while you were pregnant and your child was born with birth defects, you have the right to file a claim for compensation. Please contact our Mobile, Alabama defective product attorneys at the Long & Long today for help with your case. We take calls 24/7 and offer free case reviews. Call us today at (251) 432-2277.