Zofran Lawyer Texas – Texas Zofran Lawsuit – Birth Defect Settlements
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Texas Zofran Birth Defects Lawsuit
Zofran is a prescription medication that helps prevent nausea and vomiting. It is generally prescribed in association with the recent surgery or combined with cancer treatments. In fact, it is generally not prescribed outside of these limited circumstances.
This type of medication is known as a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist. It blocks serotonin activity, which is associated with nausea and vomiting.
Most patients should take Zofran 30 minutes before chemotherapy begins to help curb nausea and vomiting. Radiation patients should take the medication one or two hours before treatment. The medication can be taken with or without food, but your doctor may recommend specific instructions regarding eating before treatment.
Zofran and Off-Label Prescription Use for Pregnancy
Roughly 80% of all women suffer from nausea or vomiting during pregnancy. The condition is commonly referred to as morning sickness. A more severe form of this sickness is called hyperemesis gravidarum. This condition can result in malnutrition and can endanger the lives of both the mother and the unborn baby.
Some doctors have prescribed Zofran for nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy. However, it does not have FDA approval for this use. In addition, studies indicate that there may be a link between Zofran and birth defects.
GlaxoSmithKline, Zofran’s manufacturer, began marketing the drug to pregnant women in 2006. The manufacturer pled guilty to fraud and illegal promotion charges in 2012. The charges included several drugs, one of which was Zofran. The company paid $3 billion as part of a settlement.
Studies indicate that the manufacturer knew about the risk of harm to developing babies as early as 1992. The reason that the drug is so dangerous to babies is because it will pass through the placenta and into the child.
Common birth defects associated with Zofran include:
- Skull deformities
- Cleft lip and palate
- Heart defects
The FDA has not approved any version of Zofran for use in pregnant women.
Most of the lawsuits involve Zofran are brought by mothers to children that developed birth defects. These lawsuits allege that Zofran is unreasonably dangerous and that the manufacturer did not warn pregnant mothers of potential side effects. Many mothers assert that if they had known about the potential side effects, they would not have used the medication during pregnancy.
The lawsuits also claim that GlaxoSmithKline did not ensure that the drug was safe before offering it to the public. There is also evidence that GlaxoSmithKline may have misrepresented animal test studies that indicated abnormal bone growth and signs of toxicity. Of course, the claims also involve inappropriately marketing Zofran to pregnant women when it was not FDA-approved for that purpose or tested adequately.
Some accusations even go as far as to assert that there is evidence that GlaxoSmithKline paid doctors kickbacks to prescribe the medication, particularly to expecting mothers.