More than 30 Zofran Birth Defects Lawsuit Claims Now Pending in Federal Courts That Allege Children Born to Women Treated with Zofran in First Trimester of Pregnancy More Likely to Suffer Serious Birth Defects.
A federal judicial panel is set to hear Oral Arguments next month on the proposed consolidation of all Zofran birth defect lawsuit claims now pending in U.S. Districts Courts around the country, Southern Med Law reports. According to court documents, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) will take up the matter on October 1st during its next Hearing Session in New York City. The families in Zofran lawsuits claim their newborns suffered birth defects, including cleft lip and cleft palate after taking Zofran for morning sickness, and that GlaxoSmithKline miss marketing Zofran as a safe and effective treatment. (In Re Zofran Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2657)
“So far, more than 30 Zofran lawsuits have been filed in federal courts on behalf of children who were allegedly born with serious birth defects due to their mother’s use of Zofran during the first trimester of pregnancy,” says Dr. François Blaudeau, the founder of Southern Med Law. As both an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Blaudeau possesses unique insight into the various issues at play in Zofran birth defects cases. “While the drug has never been proven safe and effective for use in pregnant women, it has until recently been the go-to prescription treatment for morning sickness.”
The firm is currently investigating Zofran birth defect claims and continues to speak with mothers of babies born with birth defects and the connection to them taking Zofran for morning sickness during their pregnancy. If you believe your newborn has suffered from Zofran side-effects contact the law offices of Southern Med Law at 1-(205) 547-5525 or visit www.southernmedlaw.com to fill out a contact form and for more news and information.
Zofran (ondansetron) is indicated to treat nausea and vomiting related to surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Despite the fact that Zofran has never been approved to treat morning sickness in expectant mothers, an analysis published last year indicated that more than 1 million women annually have been prescribed some form of ondansetron off-label to treat nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy.
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Zofran lawsuits accuse GlaxoSmithKline of concealing the drug’s link to birth defects and wrongly marketing it as a safe and effective treatment for morning sickness. Court records indicate that these complaints echo allegations cited in a massive, $3 billion settlement the pharmaceutical company reached with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2012 involving Zofran and a number of other medications marketed by the company. Among other things, the federal government had accused Glaxo of illegally promoting Zofran as a treatment for morning sickness and paying doctors kickbacks to induce them to prescribe the medication to pregnant women.
GlaxoSmithKline moved to have the federal Zofran docket consolidated in a multidistrict litigation in July. If the JPML agrees to do so, all pending and future-filed Zoran birth defects cases will be transferred to one U.S. District Court judge to undergo coordinated discovery and other pretrial proceedings.
Southern Med Law is currently evaluating potential Zofran lawsuits on behalf of families who believe their child was born with a birth defect due to this medication. To learn more about the litigation involving Zofran and birth defects, please contact the Firm as soon as possible. You can arrange for a free, no obligation Zofran lawsuit review by calling Southern Med Law today, at 205-547-5525.
About Southern Med Law and Filing A Zofran Birth Defects Lawsuit
Throughout his career, Dr. Blaudeau has worked hard to develop a strong reputation in healthcare litigation. His first-hand knowledge of medicine has made the Southern Med Law team an aggressive and effective advocate for those who were harmed due to negligent pharmaceutical manufacturers. If your baby was harmed by the Zofran, please contact Southern Med Law today to learn more about your legal rights. Call today for a free, no obligation Zofran birth defects lawsuit review by filling out our online form, or by calling the office directly at (205) 547-5525.
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