Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuits
Contact a Knowledgeable Zofran Injury Attorney in Houston
The prescription drug Zofran has been shown to have significant links to dangerous and unanticipated side effects. Most of these effects concern serious birth defects, many of which threaten the health of newborn children. If you were prescribed Zofran during your pregnancy and your child suffered a birth defect, then it is time to explore your legal options.
The Harmful Effects of Zofran
Zofran, also known by the generic name ondansetron, has been most harmful to pregnant users. In years past, it has been frequently prescribed to expectant mothers to treat mild to serious morning sickness. Since that time, however, children born to Zofran patients have shown an alarmingly high rate of certain birth defects.
The following birth defects have been linked to Zofran:
- Heart defects (holes in the heart, septal defects, etc.)
- Kidney defects
- Craniofacial defects (head and face), especially cleft palates
Since 2012, several studies from all over the world, including Canada and Sweden, have strongly linked the drug to these birth defects. However, the drug continued to be marketed and prescribed to pregnant patients.
Our dedicated and award-winning Houston personal injury lawyers at Wyly & Cook, PLLC are a reliable and effective legal resource for victims seeking justice. We are prepared to assess your Zofran case and help determine the best course of action. If you have been affected, you are not alone—Zofran lawsuits are being filed all over the country. Our firm has been carefully monitoring the potential for liability suits for Zofran patients, and we are ready to advocate for you.
Zofran victims deserve justice. Wyly & Cook, PLLC can help your family aggressively pursue fair compensation. Contact us today for a free case evaluation!
A Troubled History for Zofran's Manufacturer
This is not the first time GlaxoSmithKline—the manufacturer of Zofran—has been in legal trouble because of the drug. Since its debut in 1991, Zofran was marketed as a way to treat nausea for patients struggling with stomach ailments or chemotherapy. However, the Department of Justice found that GlaxoSmithKline also marketed the drug for treating morning sickness, even though it had not tested the drug for safe use in pregnant women. It was also discovered that the company was offering kickbacks to doctors who helped them market the drug to their pregnant patients.
In 2012, the company was ordered to pay $3 billion to the federal government after it pleaded guilty to secretly marketing the drug specifically to treat morning sickness. The $3 billion penalty, however, was for violating government regulations—not for helping the families and newborn children who have been affected by Zofran. For victims of Zofran to be properly compensated, new civil suits need to filed and aggressively pursued against GlaxoSmithKline.
Wyly & Cook, PLLC: Advocacy You Can Count On
GlaxoSmithKline's actions are inexcusable, and because of them, families all over the U.S. have suffered from the harmful side effects of Zofran. If you or a loved one was injured from taking Zofran, there may be legal options available to you to seek justice and rightful compensation.
Call Wyly & Cook, PLLC, today to find out how our experienced and knowledgeable lawyers can make sure your family's voice is heard during this difficult time. We offer a free initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose by talking to our dedicated law firm!