Morning sickness and the first trimester of pregnancy typically go hand in hand. Furthermore, many women would do most anything to stop the unpleasant side effects of morning sickness, yet would not take medication that would harm their child. Sadly, although the FDA has not approved Zofran for use in pregnant women, many women are taking it unknowingly and unaware of the risks. Likewise, some physicians are prescribing Zofran to their pregnant patients, and causing them to have babies with several birth defects. Such defects include cleft palate, cleft lip, and other deformities that will follow the children the remainder of their lives.
GlaxoSmithKline are the makers of Zofran, and knowingly marketed the drug as safe to pregnant women and their providers although they knew otherwise. Since 1992, GSK have been receiving complaints of birth defects associated with the drug, yet have ignored such claims. Furthermore, during animal testing, GSK was aware that Zofran reached past the placental barrier in animals and, therefore, poses a risk to fetuses in the womb. The pharmaceutical giant has also paid out millions in fines already in connection with other negligence claims for Zofran as well. Now, families of injured babies are seeking justice, and suing the company for negligence.
The skilled St. Louis personal injury attorneys at Meyerkord & Kurth are currently representing Zofran cases, and would like to help you. If you or a loved one were injured by Zofran or another drug that has caused harm, please contact us today for a free consultation on your potential drug liability claim.