Zofran was designed as a medication to aid in the treatment of nausea in those undergoing chemotherapy, but was later pushed to cure severe cases of morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy. GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Zofran, was caught encouraging doctors to prescribe the medication off label because Zofran had never received approval by the FDA for use in pregnant women and no research had been conducted to determine whether the medication was safe for the unborn children of the mothers taking the drug. This resulted in an elevated rate of congenital birth defects in babies born to mothers who used Zofran which include conditions such as club foot or hand.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers appreciates the uphill battle children with club feet and hands face. Our drug litigation team is actively pursuing club foot lawsuits for these children against the manufacturer of Zofran.
What is Club Foot or Hand?
Club foot is the result of deformities in the muscles and bones of the foot and ankle which cause the affected limb to curl in toward the body or to point downward. The foot impacted by this condition may also be smaller than the other one, which can cause complications later in the child’s life as he or she begins to develop and learn to walk or run. Due to the noticeable symptoms, doctors can usually tell right away that a child has been born with a club foot or hand. These symptoms include the following.
- The hand or foot is rotated or visibly turned inward and rests in an unnatural position. In some cases, the hand or foot is so contorted that it appears to be upside down.
- The muscles that support the movement of the hand or foot are not developed properly. For example, the calf muscle in the leg of a child who has club foot will be underdeveloped.
- The foot or hand that is affected is shorter than the unaffected counterpart. This variance can be as much as half an inch.
Treatment of Club Foot and Hand
There are several popular forms of treatment for club foot which vary on the severity of the condition and how underdeveloped the child’s bones and muscles are in the affected region. Techniques that are used to correct the position of the foot or hand and then to keep it in place so that it develops properly include the following.
- Correcting the position of the foot and then placing it into a cast so that it remains in place while the child grows. Doctors may remove the cast and reposition the foot or hand once or twice a week in order to be certain that the limb responds correctly to the treatment and begins to develop in the intended manner.
- Surgical intervention, which is normally a part of any treatment plan at some point. Since the muscles involved in the movement and position of the foot are often underdeveloped, they must be lengthened in order to compensate. The most common use of surgery for club foot is to lengthen the Achilles’ tendon following the placement of the foot in casts for a period of time.
- The use of braces and therapeutic shoes for those with club foot in order to maintain posture and promote development. It is common for this form of treatment to fail because parents often misunderstand how the braces and shoes should be used and do not use them as prescribed.
- Taping and exercises designed to strengthen the muscles. This treatment method uses ongoing physical therapy and the use of tape to hold the limb in place and to firm the muscles involved in movement. It requires a lot of time and patience and this method of treatment is often part of a larger treatment plan.
- Additional surgical procedures in the event other treatment options are ineffective. If all else fails, doctors will advise more invasive procedures to correct the alignment and length of muscles and the bones. In most cases, club foot and hand can be corrected over time with enough patience, but there are cases where the limb will never become normal.
Get Help Now For Your Child's Club Foot From a Zofran Litigation Team
If you were prescribed Zofran during your pregnancy and your child developed a complication such as a club foot, you have the right to hold GlaxoSmithKline accountable. This medication was never approved for or intended to treat morning sickness and GlaxoSmithKline placed its potential profits over the safety of its patients by offering doctors kickbacks when they irresponsibly prescribed Zofran to pregnant women suffering from severe morning sickness. Contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney to learn more about your rights and legal options including Zofran birth defect lawsuits.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is based out of Chicago, Illinois and is handling Zofran cases for families across the U.S.