Zofran Cleft Palate Lawsuits


Common Morning Sickness Drug Associated With Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, and Congenital Heart Defects

If you are the parent of a child born with cleft palate, cleft lip, or a congenital heart defect, you may be searching for answers. New safety concerns are emerging that suggest Zofran (ondansetran), a morning sickness drug widely prescribed to women during early pregnancy, may present significant risks of these birth defects.

Did you or someone you know take Zofran during pregnancy? Here's what you need to know if you think you may have a Zofran birth defect lawsuit.

Zofran Was Designed for Chemo Patients, Not Pregnant Moms

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP), commonly known as "morning sickness," can take its toll any time of day, anywhere, and is most commonly experienced during the first trimester of pregnancy.

From ginger ale to saltine crackers to acupressure wristbands, many moms-to-be will try every natural remedy out there to combat morning sickness. But when none of those options provide substantial relief, women turn to their obstetricians or midwives for what they trust as a safe and effective medical option. And for many, they assume Zofran is just that.

What you may be surprised to learn is that Zofran was not originally designed for, and is even advised against, use in pregnancy.

What you may be surprised to learn is that Zofran was not originally designed for, and is even advised against, use in pregnancy.

In 1991, the FDA approved ondansetran, a drug marketed by GlaxoSmithKline under the brand name Zofran. The drug was originally developed to help cancer patients cope with nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

However, in recent years Zofran has been marketed for off-label use to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Although newer drugs have been developed that are safe and effective for pregnant women, Zofran is still widely prescribed despite alarming safety problems.

Birth Defects

Birth Defects Caused by Zofran Use During Pregnancy

Recent studies reveal a concerning association between Zofran use in early pregnancy and birth defects such as cleft lip, cleft palate, and congenital heart malformations. In addition, there may be maternal risks associated with taking the drug for some that can lead to Serotonin Syndrome, a condition displaying symptoms of cognitive, neuromuscular, or behavioral changes like confusion, agitation, or autonomic instability.

If presented with the recent studies about birth defects caused by Zofran, many mothers may decide that the benefits of the drug simply do not outweigh the risks. Perhaps they would seek an alternate medication, or simply stick out the unpleasant, yet rarely dangerous, symptoms of nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Unfortunately, some women are not provided with this vital information until the damage has already been done.

Did Zofran Cause My Child's Birth Defects?

It can be devastating to learn that your child may have been injured from a drug that you believed was safe. If you took Zofran during pregnancy and your child was born with a cleft palate, cleft lip, or congenital heart defect, you may be entitled to compensation.

If you believe Zofran injured your child, it's time to talk to an attorney. Our compassionate legal team is available 24/7 to discuss your personal experience and help determine if you have a case. Call today for a free case review.

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