What are the side effects of Zofran?
There are several common side effects associated with Zofran, including dizziness, fast heartbeat, fever, headache, shortness of breath, weakness, fatigue, and diarrhea.
The more serious issues associated with Zofran concern children born to mothers who took it while pregnant. These issues include a cleft palate, musculoskeletal anomalies, jaundice, congenital heart defects, and kidney malformations.
Why did my doctor prescribe Zofran if it has these side effects?
Until 2013, there was no FDA approved drug to treat severe morning sickness. In addition, GSK’s unlawful promotion of Zofran to treat morning sickness launched the drug into the mainstream for such uses. The effectiveness of Zofran in treating nausea and vomiting provided doctors with a solution when there was very little literature regarding its effects when given to pregnant women.
Has any legal action been taken against Zofran?
In 2012, GSK pled guilty to the unlawful promotion of certain prescription medications, including Zofran, among other illegal activities, including failure to report certain safety information and false price reporting. The company was required to pay $3 billion in both criminal and civil damages. GSK paid over $1 billion in regards to the off-labeled promotion and kickbacks for Zofran and other medications.
How do I know if I have a viable case?
If you took Zofran during your first trimester and your child has a cleft lip/palate or a heart defect you may have a case for filing a claim against GlaxoSmithKline. We are closely monitoring all new developments surrounding this drug when taken while pregnant.
What should I do if I want to pursue legal action?
If you believe your child has a cleft lip/palate or a heart defect as a result of you taking Zofran while pregnant, first see a qualified health care professional. You should also report the incident to your physician and the FDA.