Stern Law’s drug injury lawyers are working on and closely following the Zofran litigation. When clients contact us about Zofran claims, they often have many questions about the cases. Below you will find a list of the most common questions we hear from our clients, along with our answers.
What is Zofran?
Zofran, also known by its chemical name, ondansetron, is a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist. It is a tablet that was designed for prevention and treatment of the nausea and vomiting typically associated with chemotherapy and radiation treatment in cancer patients. Zofran was also approved for treatment of general postoperative nausea.
Who Manufacturers Zofran?
Zofran is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). GSK is a pharmaceutical corporation established in 2000 and headquartered in Brentford, London.
What are Zofran’s Potential Side Effects?
Despite the fact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Zofran for the treatment of very specific instances of nausea and vomiting, the drug turned into a common remedy for morning sickness in pregnant women. When pregnant women use Zofran, their children are at risk of birth defects, including:
- Club foot – A birth defect in which one or both feet are twisted or appear out of position.
- Cleft palate – An opening or split in the roof of the mouth, often occurring in conjunction with a cleft lip.
- Cleft lip – An opening or split in the top lip, often occurring in conjunction with a cleft palate.
- Heart defects – Abnormalities of the heart, including septal defects, holes in the heart, ventricular hypertension, and aortic arch hypoplasia.
- Skull deformities – Includes craniosynostosis, a birth defect in which the fibrous joints between the skull fuse prematurely, giving the head a misshapen appearance.
Where are Zofran Lawsuits Being Filed?
Because so many Zofran cases have been filed, they are centralized in one federal court in Massachusetts in what is called a Multidistrict Litigation (MDL). The MDL court oversees all the cases to ensure uniformity of decision in all pretrial matters. This court also presides over the first trials, called “bellwether” trials.
Do I have a Claim?
If you took prescription Zofran while you were pregnant, and your child was born with an abnormality, you could be entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. The skilled lawyers at Stern Law, PLLC, can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim. Contact our office today at (844) 808-7529 to schedule a free consultation with one of our compassionate lawyers and start working toward the resolution you and your family deserve.