Zofran Lawsuit Update 2018 – File Now To Join Boston Legal Proceedings
Morning sickness is an unpleasant reality that pregnant women have to deal with for the duration of their pregnancy. While it is not life-threatening, it can lower one’s quality of life as well as hinder the enjoyment of the pregnancy. Morning sickness is typically experienced as nausea and vomiting every morning by pregnant women. It may also extend throughout the day and present as pressure and heartburn just below the breastbone. Doctors are wary of prescribing medication to women during this sensitive time because of the potential for the developing fetus to absorb this medication, causing irreversible genetic alterations. However, doctors have in the past and to this day prescribed one particular pill that has been used to deal with nausea related to the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation that cancer patients go through known as Zofran.
Are you looking for a Zofran class action lawsuit attorney? If so, please give us a call NOW at 1 (773) 985-5139 to learn more about your legal options for compensation. The markers of Zofran committed negligence when they failed to inform you about the alarming side effects associated with this medication, opening them up to personal injury litigation. If you or a loved one has been hurt by Zofran, you may be eligible for money damages. Call McCready Law Firm NOW at 1 (773) 985-5139 to speak for free with an attorney who handles Zofran cases.
How Does Zofran Work?
Zofran belongs to a class of drugs that block 5HT3 receptors found in the brain and gut, responsible for emesis or vomiting. By inhibiting their function, nausea and the resultant vomiting are prevented. It was developed and manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in terms of medications produced as well as revenue. It received FDA approval in 1991 and was originally prescribed to treat cancer treatment related nausea. Zofran is a category B drug, which designates it as being safe for use in pregnant women.
Zofran History – Discovery, Launch and Eventual Success
The history of Zofran, whose chemical name is ondansetron, is one fraught with controversy. In the 80’s, animal tests showed that it could cause premature births, uterine fetal deaths, congenital heart defects and developmental delays. However, these worrying side-effects and the studies attached to them were swept under the rug until much later after courts requested access to documents on the same. Zofran was originally invented in the UK in the early 80’s and only made its foray into the U.S. in the early 90’s.
GlaxoSmithKline held the rights to make Zofran for 15 years until the expiry of its patent. It was then made available for reformulation as a generic medication in the U.S. in the summer of 2007. During these 15 years, it is thought that Zofran may have been prescribed off-label by doctors to pregnant women experiencing nausea. In addition, it was the number 1 antiemetic prescribed to these individuals in the country, garnering over $1.3 billion dollars for the pharma giant.
Does Zofran Cause Birth Defects?
Numerous studies have linked Zofran to the development of cleft palate and other congenital malformations if taken during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is thought that Zofran causes these birth defects by introducing compounds known as teratogens which are toxic to the still developing organs of the child. In addition, teratogens have been shown to cause genetic mutations which in turn limit gene expression and cell division within the developing fetus. Interfering with the production of serotonin has also been shown to inhibit bone and cartilage production, which means that bones that normally fuse at a certain stage in the fetuses’ development do not fuse.
Here are some of the most common birth injuries associated with Zofran use:
- Kidney malformations
- Developmental delay
- Heart defects such as a hole in the heart
- Heart murmur
Zofran Birth Defect Statistics
Medical literature points to the fact that Zofran may double the risk of a child developing birth defects, with the figure being as high as 2.37. In addition, Zofran has been shown to cross the placenta during the first trimester of pregnancy, meaning that the baby might be able to absorb the medication.
…But My Doctor Prescribed It To Me
You may be asking yourself: if Zofran was so dangerous, why did my doctor prescribe it to me? Zofran was the target of aggressive marketing by its maker, who recommended its off-label use to pregnant women. In addition, doctors initially prescribed Zofran to women during a time when there were no other medications that were able to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. In addition, the medication was so effective, and there was no medical literature pointing to its dangers, making it seem like a natural solution with a non-existent side-effect profile.
Average Zofran Settlement
Back in 2012, GlaxoSmithKline was accused of promoting a number of medications that it makes in an unlawful manner as well as not reporting safety data surrounding its medication. The pharma company pled guilty and was fined $3 billion in civil and criminal damages.
Zofran Lawsuit Damages
Birth defects are not only catastrophic, but they can also cost a fortune to correct. To this end, it is only natural to file a Zofran injury lawsuit so your child can have a shot at a normal life. The damages we will recover on your behalf will go a long way in paying for surgery, rehabilitation, hospital stays, emotional suffering as well as any past and future medical costs associated with treating these conditions.
Looking for Zofran Lawsuit Lawyers? Get Legal Help Today!
At McCready Law, we understand the impact that these conditions can have on a child. We empathize with families and have helped hundreds just like you to get the justice and compensation they were owed by negligent individuals and corporations. You may be thinking – I can do this on my own, and I don’t need an attorney. The truth is that the legal process surrounding Zofran drug injury lawsuits is a long and arduous one, and the only way to successfully navigate it with the least amount of stress is to hire a Zofran attorney to safeguard your child’s bright future.
Please give us a call at 1 (773) 985-5139 to get free advice on how we can help your loved one. The call is free, and you’re not obligated to have us take on your case. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.