A couple in Alameda County, California has filed a lawsuit against massive
pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Katherine and Matthew Murray
accuse the company of not properly warning consumers of the side effects
caused by ondansetron, more commonly known as Zofran.
GSK marketed Zofran to pregnant women to help combat morning sickness.
The drug is an anti-nausea pill used to help only severe cases. It was
approved by the FDA to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and surgery.
It was not authorized for usage by pregnant women. GSK has faced many
lawsuits that claim children
suffered birth defects such as cleft palates, due to the medicine.
The Murrays cite Zofran as the cause of their daughter’s medical
issues. Their daughter was born in 2007 and suffered severe congenital
heart malformations and had to go through surgery at the age of four.
The couple believe that their daughter would not have had to suffer this
condition if not for Zofran. They are seeking restitution for their daughter’s
pain and lifelong condition, and also hope to bring awareness about how
dangerous the drug is for pregnant women.
The FDA did issue a warning in 2014, in the
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, however that was well after the Murray’s daughter was born.
The Murray’s attorney states
Despite having received hundreds of reports of birth defects associated
with Zofran and continuing strong sales to pregnant women, GSK has not
performed any clinical studies on the safety or efficacy of Zofran for
treating morning sickness. Moreover, GSK has not updated Zofran’s
labeling to warn mothers and physicians that epidemiology studies report
an increased risk of birth defects in infants exposed to Zofran during
pregnancy. Recent studies report that a mother exposed to Zofran had more
than a doubled risk of having a baby with a congenital heart defect as
compared to a mother who did not ingest Zofran during pregnancy.
This is not the first suit filed against GSK. There have been so many
others, that GSK requested
multi-district litigation. DominaLaw Group is investigating birth defect claims against GSK. If you
took Zofran while pregnant and your child was adversely affected, contact our
birth injury lawyers today for a case review. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, we handle serious
injury cases throughout the state as well as Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota,
Kansas, and beyond.