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Zofran Linked to Birth Defects: Parian Law Firm Pursuing Claims for Compensation

Posted on - Sunday, July 27, 2014 under Dangerous Drugs & Products Zofran Linked to Birth Defects: Parian Law Firm Pursuing Claims for Compensation

The Parian Law Firm, one of Georgia’s premier dangerous and defective drug injury law firms, is currently consulting with and pursuing claims on behalf of individuals whose child may have suffered birth defects after the drug Zofran was prescribed during pregnancy.

Zofran Prescribed “Off-Label” for Morning Sickness

Zofran is a widely prescribed, FDA-approved drug designed to decrease nausea and vomiting. Zofran was approved to prevent nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing certain types of surgery or who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.

However, many doctors began prescribing Zofran to address “morning sickness” experienced by their pregnant patients. Prescribing medication for symptoms or conditions other than for those approved by the FDA is called “off-label” prescribing is perfectly legal and done at the discretion of the physician.

The wide use of Zofran by pregnant women came after the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, began an aggressive marketing campaign in 1998 promoting the use of the drug to reduce morning sickness notwithstanding the lack of FDA approval for such use.

Birth Defects Linked to Zofran Use While Pregnant

By the first decade of this century, Zofran was the most widely-prescribed drug for morning sickness in the United States, with over 1 million prescriptions every year. But the problems with the use of Zofran by pregnant women soon became apparent.

Studies, as well as complaints to the FDA, revealed that Zofran was linked to a wide range of birth defects, including:

  • Congenital heart defects
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Kidney failure
  • Clubfoot
  • Respiratory distress
  • Death

At the Parian Law Firm, we are meeting with individuals who took Zofran during the first trimester of their pregnancy and whose child experienced a birth defect.

Lawsuits have been filed across the country seeking damages and compensation as a result of birth defects caused by Zofran. In October 2015, approximately 60 of the lawsuits involving Zofran were consolidated into one case in federal court in Massachusetts. Although new claims may ultimately become part of that multi-district litigation, they can still be filed anywhere, including here in Georgia.

The Parian Law Firm: Atlanta Defective Drug Lawyers

The Parian Law Firm represents individuals in Georgia and across the country who have been injured and families who have lost a loved one as a result of a defective or dangerous drug or medical device. We are committed to holding the manufacturers of defective drugs such as Zofran responsible for the damage they cause and are passionate about obtaining compensation and justice for our clients.

If you or a loved one have questions or concerns about your use of Zofran and whether you may have a claim for compensation, please give us a call at (770) 727-5550 or chat live online with a member of our staff today. We can discuss your situation, evaluate your potential claim, and advise you of your options. We look forward to assisting you.