Noble McIntyre on February 24, 2015
If you’re like many women, you might think of early pregnancy as being associated with the discomfort of nausea. Some expectant moms experience mild nausea for a few weeks and it goes away, but others experience severe nausea that can continue throughout the pregnancy. Nausea is common in pregnancy, and even women who experience severe nausea go on to have successful pregnancies and healthy babies. However, some physicians will prescribe drugs to some pregnant women in order to ease the discomfort of severe nausea.
One drug that has been prescribed in recent years for pregnant women is Zofran (generic name: Ondansetron). Although Zofran has been used for many years in the treatment of nausea related to chemotherapy and post-operative nausea and vomiting, its use for pregnant women is more recent. However, several reports are now indicating that Zofran might cause severe birth defects in babies born to mothers who took the drug during pregnancy.
Birth defects from Zofran can include:
There have also been reports that pregnant women, themselves, have experienced adverse effects while taking Zofran. These Zofran side-effects include:
While studies have been inconclusive with respect to the effects of Zofran on pregnancy and unborn babies, not enough studies have taken place. A physician representative from Motherisk, a Canadian organization that assists pregnant women, has said this:
“Here is a drug not meant for pregnancy, given in pregnancy, with no data. So how do you know it’s safe for a baby? It’s an extrapolation that doctors do.”
Some documented cases of babies born with defects after the mother took Zofran during pregnancy include:
As more and more cases are reported of moms who believe that their babies’ birth defects could have been caused by the Zofran they took during pregnancy, lawsuits are taking shape. The allegation is that the drug manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) fraudulently promoted the drug to physicians and consumers as acceptable for treatment of pregnancy-related nausea, when in fact it had never been shown to be safe in pregnancy.
If you’re pregnant and taking Zofran, call your physician immediately. Your provider might not be aware that the drug is suspected of causing birth defects. As well, if your child was born with birth defects and you took Zofran during pregnancy, call us today. Our team of Zofran lawyers can help you and your family get the compensation you deserve.