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Posted by Brian on Feb 3, 2015

Birth Defects may be Due to Antiemetic Drug

Nothing is more tragic than a child that is born with defects that would not be there but for the adverse effects of certain drugs that should not have been administered. This is the essence of a dangerous drug lawsuit for birth defects, and according to the bulk of the studies about Zofran (ondansetron), an antiemetic may very well fit the but for part of the lawsuit information.

An antiemetic is a drug that blocks certain receptors in the brain that triggers nausea under certain conditions. Zofran in particular blocks serotonin receptors, and it is designed to counteract nausea caused by cytotoxins in the system from chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and post surgery.

Pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, commonly referred to as morning sickness, occurs in about 75% of all pregnant women, with the usual onset on the 4th week and persisting into the 14th week. Typically, no medications are necessary because the effects are usually mild and non-life-threatening.

Antiemetic drugs are generally not recommended for pregnant women because of the uncertainties regarding the safety of their use on the health of the mother and the developing fetus. In some cases, however, the nausea and vomiting is so frequent, severe, ad prolonged that the mother’s life is threatened along with that of the fetus. In such cases, an antiemetic is prescribed by the attending physician. Zofran manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) encourages doctors to prescribe Zofran in such situations.

So far, the lawsuit information against Zofran is confined to suspicions of women who took Zofran during their first trimester and whose children had birth defects and the conflicting results of several studies regarding the matter. It is undisputed, however, that GSK had claimed that it was safe for pregnant women when they had no basis for making such claims, and that they had marketed it as such to doctors. At the very least, GSK had breached their duty to ensure the safety of their patients by failing to do the clinical trials to find out about the potential harm the drug posed on users.

If you suspect that your child’s birth defects was due to using Zofran, you may just be right. Consult with a Zofran lawyer to find out more lawsuit information about it.

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