Timeline Established for Zofran Lawsuits
A timeline for multidistrict litigation including over 250 Zofran birth defects lawsuits has been finalized in a Master Pleadings Order. The Order details that a master complaint document will be submitted by the end of May, with the master answer to be filed on or before June 21. Short form complaints are also to be served, but not filed for cases involving generic versions of the nausea and vomiting drug.
What Does This Mean For Zofran Victims?
For many families with children who suffered birth defects as a result of the mothers taking Zofran while pregnant, the recent Order will allow victims to move forward with holding Zofran’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, responsible for failing to warn to patients of the increased risks.
Lawsuits allege GlaxoSmithKline knew Zofran could cause serious birth defects, but hid that information from doctors and patients. Lawsuits also allege studies indicating Zofran crosses the placental barrier in significant quantities date as far back as 2006.
When Zofran received FDA approval nearly 10 years ago, it was approved for treating nausea in cancer patients or patients who had undergone surgery. Zofran was never specifically tested on pregnant women or approved for use in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, but the drug was routinely prescribed off-label to women suffering from morning sickness.
In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline pled guilty to charges of improper marketing of several drugs, including Zofran, and paid a hefty $3 billion fine to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Birth Defects Caused By Zofran
Infants born to mothers who took Zofran during pregnancy may be born with malformations of the mouth, including a cleft lip or cleft palate, heart defects including septal defects, club foot, and skull deformities. These infants can require a lifetime of surgeries and medical care.
Zofran Birth Defect Attorneys
If you or someone you know took Zofran during pregnancy for nausea, and your child was born with birth defects, you may be entitled to compensation. Taking on pharmaceutical companies is an intimidating prospect, but the attorneys of Blizzard Law PLLC have years of successful litigation experience handling a wide range of pharmaceutical cases. Contact us today for a free consultation.