new mother who was prescribed Zofran
for morning sickness, and your child suffers from birth defects, you need to read this notice.
Zofran and First Trimester Morning Sickness
According to multiple studies, including one from Gideon Koren, contributor to the Motherrisk Program at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, 97.7% of prescriptions for vomiting during pregnancy in the United States are for off-label use of drugs, including Zofran.
In fact, Zofran went from 50,000 prescriptions a month in 2008 to 110,000 prescriptions in 2013. That means about 1 million pregnant women a year are exposed to a non-FDA approved treatment for their nausea and vomiting during their first trimester.
Birth Defects and The Use of Zofran
Why Would Your Doctor Prescribe A Drug That Could Hurt Your Baby?
While the prescribing of off-label uses of drug is not a crime, it is a controversial practice. Many times the doctor prescribes the drug without doing their due diligence on the side effects it may have on their patient.
And while there are a few off-label drugs that have helped patients, prescribing an off-label use of Zofran to a pregnant woman is sketchy at best.
The makers of Zofran, GlaxoSmithKline, plead guilty in 2012 to marketing off-label use of the drug, and others, to doctors and giving doctors a kick-back for prescribing it, even though it had not been approved by the FDA for use by pregnant women.
They paid a settlement that was, according to the Department of Justice, “the largest health care fraud settlement in U.S. history and the largest payment ever by a drug company”.
Sadly, none of that money went to the patients who were wrongly prescribed the drug. That’s where an experienced attorney comes in.
How A Law Suit Can Help You
Corrective Surgery for Your Child
Any Loss of Income caused by birth complications
Pain and Suffering compensation
Any other losses
You owe it to yourself and your child to speak with an experienced attorney about your potential case. While no amount of money can undo the pain and stress that you and your child have gone through, you may be eligible for compensation for your losses.
Our Attorneys have the experience and knowledge you need to get the justice you deserve.