By Desiree Housek, Staff Writer
Zofran, an anti-nausea drug, has been shown to increase birth defects by 28-32% when taken during pregnancy.
What is Zofran?
Zofran (Ondansetron) belongs to the drug class known as antiemetic and selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonist. It is a medication that is prescribed to individuals for the treatment and prevention of nausea and vomiting.
What is the Zofran lawsuit?
There are a number of lawsuits pending relating to birth defects caused by Zofran. The Zofran lawsuits are in regards to concerns over increased evidence linking the drug to an increased risk of birth defects. It is believed that the manufacturer of the drug was aware of the increased risk and failed to notify the United States government and healthcare providers about the possible risk.
What are the possible side effects of Zofran?
Zofran has been linked to an increased risk in birth defects when taken during pregnancy; the drug can be transferred to the fetus and placenta up to twelve weeks after conception.
In addition to birth defects, the most commonly reported side effects of Zofran include:
- Blurred vision
- Muscle spasm
- Torsades de pointes (a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia)
What types of birth defects are related to Zofran use?
If you took Zofran while pregnant and your baby was born with any type of birth defect, you may have a case. Currently the two birth defects that are being pursued in litigation by Zofran injury attorneys are heart defects and cleft and/or lip palates. However, the drug has been linked to club foot and craniosynostosis (skull deformities) as well.
Has Zofran been recalled?
Currently there is no recall of the drug and the investigation into the manufacturers knowledge of an increased risk for birth defects is still in the early stages.
How long do I have to file a claim?
The statute of limitations varies from state to state and depending on the facts of each individual case, the answer to how long you have may differ. In many states, when a claim involves children the statute of limitations may be longer.
If you had a child born with birth defects several years ago, you or your child may still have a claim. To find out if you may be entitled to compensation and better understand your rights, contact and experienced Zofran lawsuit attorney.