More than 200 lawsuits have been filed across the U.S. against the maker
of the pharmaceutical Zofran, the generic version of which is widely prescribed
off-label for the purpose of alleviating morning sickness in pregnant
women. The generic “ondansetron” has been linked with serious
birth defects, including heart and kidney malformation, cleft palate,
and neural tube defects.
With the number of lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline LLC continuing to grow,
the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation is consolidating all
cases in a product liability litigation MDL number 2657 in the District
of Massachusetts. GlaxoSmithKline LLC urged the court to require all plaintiffs
to designate whether they used the branded or generic form of the drug.
There are currently 30 generic ondansetron medications available on the market.
Zofran originally received FDA approval in 1991 to treat post-operative
nausea and to alleviate severe nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy.
It has never been tested for safety in pregnant women, and thus has never
been approved for treating morning sickness. Nevertheless, many doctors
continue to prescribe the medication for this off-label purpose.
The Maher Law Firm advises you to always initiate a conversation with your
doctor about prescription drugs before agreeing to take them. According
to Peter J. Hughes, Pharm. D., as many as one in five prescriptions are
for off-label use, which means that many people are taking medicines for
reasons not associated with the original intended use of the product and
exposing themselves to potential dangers.
You should ask your doctor the following questions during your visit:
- Why am I receiving this prescription?
- Is this medication being prescribed for an off-label purpose?
- If this is an off-label prescription, what kind of evidence exists in support
of your decision to prescribe it to me?
GlaxoSmithKline LLC, the maker of Zofran, has faced allegations in the
past of paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed the drug. They are
now being accused of illegally and aggressively marketing the drug for
purposes other than its original intended use, and withholding vital safety
information from consumers in connection with use in pregnant women. The
drug is still marketed with inadequate warning labels, and sadly, legal
recourse is becoming less available to injured consumers.
If your child was born with a birth defect after you took Zofran or any
of its generic versions, you should immediately contact a national Zofran
lawyer at The Maher Law Firm. We are prepared to review your potential
case and advise you on your best course of action. Recommended by satisfied
clients for more than 40 years, we have recovered billions of dollars
on behalf of the injured, including those who have been harmed by
To schedule your
complimentary case evaluation with a member of our team, please call (855) 338-0720.