Standing up for women harmed by Zofran
When Zofran (ondansetron) first went on the market in the early 1990s, it was widely embraced as a new way to relieve nausea and vomiting for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
It wasn’t long before the drug found another major market: expectant mothers seeking relief from morning sickness. The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) never approved Zofran for that purpose, but according to consumer protection groups, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline aggressively marketed Zofran “off-label” to pregnant women, without the green light from the FDA.
Sadly, Zofran (and its generic versions) used during pregnancy has been linked to a wide range of birth defects.
Working in collaboration with other national law firms, Berman & Simmons is handling claims involving people who took Zofran and whose unborn children suffered injuries or birth defects. There are strict statutes of limitations in dangerous drug cases, so it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible if you believe you have a potential Maine Zofran lawsuit.
Call 207-784-3576 for a free consultation.
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If your baby has been harmed by complications caused by Zofran, a lawyer at Berman & Simmons can help. We have the expertise and resources to make sure you receive full compensation for the harm done to your baby, and to hold manufacturers accountable for their actions.
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Common birth defects possibly caused by use of Zofran during pregnancy
- Heart defects
- Mouth deformities and defects including a cleft lip or palate
- Club feet
- Musculoskeletal deformities
What compensation can I receive if my baby was harmed by Zofran?
Under state and federal law, victims of dangerous drugs have the right to recover financial damages for various categories of loss, including:
- Pain, suffering, and emotional distress, past and future
- Interference with your enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Time lost from work
- Loss of future earnings
- Wrongful death damages (for the estate)
Studies and investigations about Zofran
The FDA never stopped Zofran from being prescribed. However, in 2012 GlaxoSmithKline paid $3 billion in a settlement with the U.S. government for allegations that the drug maker promoted Zofran and other medications for off-label uses. Read this New York Times article about the historic settlement.
- Study from 2014 – A study published by Reproductive Toxicology showed the connection between Zofran and an increased risk for birth defects.
- Study from 2014 – The December 2014 issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology included a study indicating that Zofran poses risks to pregnant women.
- The National Law Journal covered the controversy in its August 2015 issue.
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