Call An Experienced Zofran Lawyer - Jeffrey D. DeCarlo
Zofran, generically known as ondansetron, is a prescription medication used to treat nausea and vomiting. Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Zofran was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1991, with its generic equivalent reaching the market in 2006 and a spin-off, Zuplenz, in 2010.
The FDA originally approved Zofran for use in treating nausea and vomiting in patients who had undergone chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. However, soon after the drug was approved, the manufacturer saw an additional market in pregnant women, who often experience nausea and vomiting, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. GlaxoSmithKline began advertising Zofran to expectant mothers and obstetricians, even though the drug was never approved for use during pregnancy.
More recently, Zofran has been linked to birth defects when taken during pregnancy. Some serious conditions linked to this dangerous drug include:
- Mental problems
- Physical deformity
- Hearing loss
- Vision problems
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Heart defects
- Stomach problems
- Cleft lip or cleft palate
- Club foot
- Webbed toes
- Skull deformity
Court documents from previous Zofran lawsuits show that GlaxoSmithKline's own clinical data from its early applications for FDA approval included signs of birth defects in animals. Even though the manufacturer knew of the likely risk of birth defects, they continued to aggressively market the drug to women during pregnancy.
If your family is dealing with a birth defect or other medical condition caused by Zofran, you have legal rights. Trust attorney Jeffrey D. DeCarlo, a nationally recognized dangerous drug lawyer with over 20 years' experience, to protect those rights. We help injured patients in Miami-Dade County and throughout Southern Florida.
Contact us today to schedule your free, confidential consultation. Call (305) 572-0065.