Zofran is a prescription medication that was developed by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline and is used to treat nausea and vomiting.
It has been effectively used over the years to treat these symptoms but has recently been linked to several different types of serious birth defects.
Answers to Common Questions About Zofran Birth Defects:
1. What Symptoms Was Zofran Approved to Treat?
Zofran was originally developed to treat nausea and vomiting. It was patented in 1988 and first approved by the FDA in 1991 for use by patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment and to treat nausea following surgeries.
However, Zofran was later prescribed and marketed (though never approved) to treat these same symptoms in pregnant women.
2. How Can Zofran Cause Birth Defects?
To understand how Zofran can cause birth defects, you have to know how Zofran works.
Zofran reduces nausea and vomiting by interfering with the receptors that cause those symptoms. But, those same receptors are extremely important to a baby’s development in the early stages of pregnancy.
Because Zofran inhibits these receptors, it can cause problems with a baby’s development and has the potential to lead to serious birth defects.
3. Which Birth Defects Have Been Linked to Zofran?
There have been several studies that have looked at Zofran’s effects on pregnant women and their babies. These studies have linked taking Zofran in the first trimester of pregnancy to several different types of birth defects.
First, a 2012 study found that taking Zofran during pregnancy significantly increased the risk of a baby being born with a cleft palate (an opening or split in the mouth).
Then, studies in 2013 and 2014 found that Zofran also increased the risk that babies would suffer from heart defects, including malformations or septum defects.
4. How Often Was Zofran Prescribed to Pregnant Women?
It is not entirely clear exactly how many women were prescribed Zofran, but it is fair to say that the number is significant. For example, in 2005, OB/GYNs accounted for 23% of Zofran prescriptions. Indeed, most people either know somebody who took Zofran while pregnant or took it themselves.
New Orleans Zofran Birth Defect Lawyer
GlaxoSmithKline has already entered into a $3 billion settlement with the United States Department of Justice for, among other things, alleged off-label promotion of several of its drugs, including Zofran.
If you took Zofran during your pregnancy, you may have a claim for damages for birth defects suffered by your child. There is limited time to file a Zofran lawsuit so don’t delay in seeking help. Call a Louisiana Zofran injury attorney at (504) 564-7342 to discuss your potential case and figure out your options.