The importance of proper kidney function is often understated and congenital kidney defects result in severe symptoms and conditions due to the inability of the body to filter the blood and dispose of toxins. The use of Zofran during pregnancy has been linked to kidney defects in newborns in a recent study performed in June of 2014 among numerous other forms of congenital defects.
If you were prescribed Zofran for the treatment of morning sickness and your child now suffers from a kidney defect, you are entitled to pursue action against GlaxoSmithKline due to the discovery that the company marketed the drug to pregnant women illegally and without the required approval by the FDA to do so. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is actively investigating and litigation cases on behalf of children with kidney defects and failures following Zofran use during pregnancy.
Functions Performed by Kidneys
The kidneys and the liver are responsible for cleansing the body of toxins and the kidneys do this through the process of eliminating urine and sending clean blood back into the circulatory system. When the kidneys fail to perform this task efficiently, the blood begins to accumulate toxic substances that can cause serious health concerns. These concerns include the following.
- Fatigue and weakness— these symptoms result from the inability of the body to receive what it needs from the blood and the degradation of cells due to the present of toxic substances in the blood.
- Shortness of breath— this is caused when the toxicity of the blood begins to affect lung function and serves to exacerbate the effects of kidney failure by depleting the blood of much needed oxygen.
- Severe fluid retention— the kidneys are instrumental in balancing the fluid levels in the blood and the rest of the body. When they fail, the body begins to puff up or swell due to massive fluid retention. Symptoms include swelling in the feet, ankles, legs, wrists and hands and a bloated feeling and appearance.
- Heart Arrhythmia — one of the substances regulated by the kidneys is potassium and excessive amounts of potassium cause the heart to beat irregularly. This may ultimately contribute to sudden heart failure or death.
Common Kidney Defects Associated With Zofran Usage
The kidney defects that have been linked to Zofran usage include kidneys that have formed in the wrong location, kidneys that have formed into one another, kidneys that are missing and the buildup of fluid in sacs inside of the kidneys. When the kidneys have not formed properly, they are more prone to blockages, infections and the development of kidney stones. Eventually, the kidneys will progress to a state of failure in which the symptoms mentioned previously become a grave concern and threaten the life of the patient.
There are only two viable options once renal failure has occurred. The first is dialysis, which is a process that mimics the function of the kidney artificially. Patients undergoing dialysis must do so on a regular basis due to the inability of the kidneys to clean the blood on their own. The other solution is to undergo a kidney transplant in order to receive a healthy kidney.
If you were prescribed Zofran during your pregnancy, you received medication that was not properly tested or approved by the FDA for use by pregnant women. If this resulted in birth deformities such as kidney complications, you are entitled to seek compensation from GlaxoSmithKline.
Damages to which you are entitled include the cost of medical treatment for your child’s injuries as well as any related out of pocket expenses and financial hardship that you’ve experienced as a result. In addition, you may be awarded compensation for the pain and suffering you and your child have needed to endure due to the willfully negligent actions committed by GlaxoSmithKline.
Contact our Zofran injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation with one of our highly qualified attorneys so that we can evaluate the details of your case, perform our own investigation and review your legal options with you. It is our goal both to hold big pharmaceutical companies accountable for endangering other peoples’ lives in order to increase profits as well as to ensure that the victims are adequately provided for. If we are unable to assist you in collecting compensation, our services will be free.