The drug Zofran (ondansetron) is used as a popular “off-label” treatment for pregnant women who are suffering from nausea that often accompanies morning sickness.
Unfortunately, several recent studies have linked the use of Zofran to many serious birth defects.
A child born with birth defects caused by Zofran may require medical treatment for their entire lives. The financial burdens may be more than most families can handle.
If you or someone you love took Zofran during pregnancy and gave birth to a baby born with birth defects, you may be entitled to compensation for pain, suffering, and medical expenses. The experienced Zofran birth defect lawyers at The Lambert Firm are here to help you get the compensation you deserve. We have helped many families involving dangerous drugs.
What is Zofran?
Zofran is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and was approved by the FDA in 1991. Its intended use is treating the nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Zofran is in a class of medications called 5-HT3 receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of serotonin, a substance that can cause nausea and vomiting.
Although not specifically approved to treat morning sickness, Zofran is often prescribed for this purpose as an off-label treatment. An estimated 1 million pregnant women are prescribed Zofran each year
Zofran and Off-label Treatments
Zofran has not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of morning sickness, and there are no studies that have been performed to test the drug’s safety. The FDA classifies Zofran as a “Pregnancy Category B” medication, which means that no one knows if it is safe to use while pregnant. So why is it being prescribed to treat morning sickness?
Prescribing Zofran to ease morning sickness is what is known as an “off-label” treatment. Every prescription drug marketed in the U.S. has an individual, FDA-approved label. Off-label treatments involve the use of drugs for treatments outside the conditions, groups or dosage specified on the label. Off-label treatments are generally legal in the U.S. However, prescribing a drug for a condition or individual it was not intended to treat can sometimes carry a lot of risk.
Zofran-related Birth Defects
Use of the drug Zofran during pregnancy is linked to several devastating birth defects, including:
- Heart Defects
- Cleft lip, cleft palate and other mouth deformities
- Kidney malformations
- Musculoskeletal abnormalities
- Fetal growth restriction
- Fetal death
Compensation for Zofran Related Birth Defects
If you are the parent of a child who was born with a birth defect and the mother took Zofran during pregnancy, you should contact The Lambert Firm without delay to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our experienced Zofran attorneys. Call us at 800-521-1750 or contact us online. We have extensive experience successfully representing with dangerous drug lawsuits.
The Lambert Firm’s main offices are located in New Orleans but we help clients all over the US. Our Zofran birth defect lawyers will handle your case on a contingency basis, which means there are no upfront costs for our outstanding legal services and we don’t get paid until and unless we’ve won your case.