The congenital birth defects that have been linked to Zofran use during pregnancy can affect the function of major organs such as the heart, kidneys or the brain and while some of these defects can be treated, others are too severe and result in the death of the child. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is actively investigating these cases and pursuing wrongful death lawsuits against the manufacturer of Zofran.
GlaxoSmithKline is currently under fire for promoting multiple medications without the required authorization from the FDA and for willfully misrepresenting the risks and side effects of those same medications. Zofran is among the medications that GlaxoSmithKline pushed on patients illegally and they did so by claiming it was already approved for the treatment of nausea without disclosing that no research had been performed to determine whether the drug would have any adverse effects on an unborn child.
Causes of Death in Infants and Children Due to Zofran
Recent studies have established a strong link between Zofran and congenital birth defects, in which organs or limbs do not develop properly throughout pregnancy. When major organs are impacted, this is the cause of severe and often life threatening conditions. The conditions suffered by infants born to mothers who have taken Zofran that may result in death include the following.
- Heart defects and disease— in most cases of congenital defects involving Zofran, the heart is affected in some manner. The resulting conditions are the result of holes between valves of the heart and the symptoms and severity of these conditions depend on the location and size of the holes. In severe cases, medication and surgical intervention can fail to save the child’s life and the only option is a heart transplant. Children who do survive infancy often have a heart condition that requires constant monitoring and medication and can lead to heart failure at a later time.
- Kidney disease— Zofran use has also been linked to deformed or missing kidneys. In severe cases, the child experiences renal failure and dies as a result of major organs shutting down due to the buildup of toxic materials in the body— which the kidneys would normally excrete through the urine.
- Brain damage or defect— severe damage to the brain or congenital brain defects can present a unique set of complications and risks as the child develops throughout his or her life. Some of the conditions may greatly shorten the child’s lifespan or result in a fatal secondary condition.
- Miscarriage and stillbirth— some children are miscarried or stillborn due to the effects of Zofran on development in the wound. The malformation of organs or missing organs may cause the child to die before or shortly following birth.
GlaxoSmithKline Charged with Unethical Business Practices in the Marketing of Zofran to Pregnant Women
Unfortunately, the makers of Zofran have established a pattern of behavior regarding the manufacture and marketing of products. These offenses include subverting procedures put in place by the FDA to obtain approval for the use of medications and the omission of information to doctors and patients regarding risks and side effects. In the case of Zofran, doctors were given incentives to prescribe the drug to pregnant women suffering from morning sickness despite the medication never receiving approval for such use.
Zofran has been successful in the past in treating nausea in patients undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation but GlaxoSmithKline chose not to investigate whether it would harm an unborn child before telling doctors to prescribe it off the label for morning sickness symptoms. The company used a loophole and kickbacks to doctors to place an unsafe drug into a market where it did not belong. Since pharmaceutical companies have proven time and again that they value profits over ethics there is only one way to make them change their ways— force them to provide compensation to their victims.
Get Help Now. Lawyers Reviewing Zofran Stillbirth and Premature Death Cases
If your child has died prematurely due to a condition caused by the use of Zofran, contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options during a free consultation. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have experience representing families in lawsuits against drug manufacturers just like yours and would be happy to evaluate your Zofran case and perform an investigation into the matter to determine whether you have a case. If we cannot collect compensation on your behalf, our services will be free. We are based out of Chicago and handle cases nationally.
Read more about the current state of Zofran litigation and visit our Zofran FAQ page here.