Women who have taken Zofran within the first eight weeks of pregnancy received Zofran prophylactically, or intravenously, may be placed at an unnecessary risk. Zofran, also known by its generic form, ondansetron, has been given to women suffering from nausea due to morning sickness. The most affected may be those who have experienced very strong morning sickness symptoms with their previous children. Because the FDA has not approved Zofran to alleviate morning sickness, it has been causing a stir ever since the link between the drug and birth defects was discovered.
ZOFRAN LINKED TO BIRTH DEFECTS
Doctors, pharmacists, and drug makers all have the responsibility of ensuring patient safety. Unfortunately, drug makers have a particular interest in creating the drugs quickly and maximizing their profits, and this comes at a cost to the patients. Zofran, in particular, was not intended to be used as a morning sickness treatment but has been prescribed “off-label” in the past.
Some of the most common birth defects that have resulted from taking Zofran include:
- Cleft lip/cleft palate
- Musculoskeletal anomalies
- Heart murmurs
- Atrial septal defect (ASD)
- Ventricular septal defect (VDS)
Because of the complications associated with Zofran, you may be considering what the next steps should be. Some families are considering lawsuits to obtain restitution for any injuries, harm, or birth defects that their child has suffered. Feel free to discuss your options and find counsel with our Birmingham injury lawyer with regards to this matter.
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