GlaxoSmithKline is the pharmaceutical giants that are the makers a popular anti-nausea drug, Zofran. Typically Zofran is prescribed to people who have recently had surgery, and those going through cancer treatments. Sadly, although the FDA has not approved Zofran as safe for use during pregnancy, physicians have been doing otherwise. In addition, women who used Zofran during their first trimester of pregnancy are now having babies with severe birth defects. Such defects include cleft lip, cleft palate, as well as congenital heart defects.
Now, lawsuits against GSK are alleging they knew about the risks associated with Zofran use but hid the truth from consumers as well as physicians. Likewise, GSK has already paid a $1 billion dollar settlement in 2012 for illegally marketing some of their drugs, including Zofran. It was also found in the 2012 settlement that GSK was illegally offering and paying health care professionals to help promote and prescribe Zofran to patients. During animal testing, researchers found that Zofran reaches past the placental barrier during pregnancy and therefore not safe for unborn babies, all which GSK knew.
The experienced St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are representing families that were harmed by Zofran use during pregnancy. If you or your child were harmed by Zofran use, or any other drug that caused injury, we can help. We will make sure you receive the fair financial compensation you deserve. Please contact us today regarding your potential consumer safety or drug liability case.