Oklahoma City Zofran Lawyer Represents Parents in Birth Defect Claims
Helping Oklahoma families seek damages from GlaxoSmithKline
The law firm of Cunningham & Mears helps families and individuals who have been hurt by dangerous or defective products, such as pharmaceutical drugs. One medication that has recently been linked to health problems is Zofran. GlaxoSmithKline markets the drug “ondansetron” under the brand name Zofran. This medication is intended to prevent nausea and vomiting. The drug is approved for use in patients undergoing chemotherapy. In some cases, doctors have been prescribing Zofran to pregnant women. Birth defects have appeared in children of women who take Zofran during pregnancy. Our firm helps families who have been impacted by this drug get justice.
How does a chemotherapy drug get prescribed to pregnant mothers?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires most new drugs to go through a lengthy approval process. This process only investigates the effectiveness and safety of a drug for its intended use. Once a drug is approved, doctors are free to prescribe most drugs for any reason they want. Prescribing a drug for anything other than its approved purpose is called an “off-label use.” One common example of an off-label use is when doctors prescribe birth control pills to clear acne. This practice is common, but not always safe.
Zofran was approved to help chemotherapy patients who suffer from nausea and vomiting after their treatments. It works by blocking a chemical in the brain that causes nausea. Because this drug is so effective, doctors began using it on other types of patients with severe nausea, including pregnant women. It is alleged that the manufacturer knew of this use and encouraged it.
How does Zofran harm children?
It is believed that Zofran causes a variety of serious birth defects in children of women who took the drug while pregnant, including:
- Heart defects
- Kidney malformations
- Cleft palates
- Facial defects
Many believe that the company has known about the possibility of birth defects for years but kept marketing the drug to pregnant women anyway. Our attorneys believe corporations should be held accountable for this dangerous behavior, so our personal injury lawyers represent families seeking justice against pharmaceutical companies.
What rights do parents have when their children are hurt by Zofran?
The government claims that GlaxoSmithKline knew their drug was being used for off-label purposes. In fact, it is believed that the company encouraged this behavior by providing marketing materials to OBGYN doctors and even giving doctors kickback payments for prescribing the drugs. This led to a large settlement between the company and the government.
As a parent of a child hurt by the drug, you can bring a lawsuit. You may be able to receive compensation for past and future medical bills, your child’s pain and suffering, and other expenses, such as the costs of modifying your home to accommodate a child with special needs. Our Oklahoma City defective drug attorneys have experience bringing this type of claim.
Trust experienced products liability attorneys to bring your child’s claim
If you are considering a Zofran lawsuit due to your child’s birth defects, we urge you to meet with us for a free consultation. At the Oklahoma City law firm of Cunningham & Mears, we believe that all drugs on the market should be safe for consumers. To learn about your rights, call us today at 405-757-1766 or contact us online to schedule a no-cost consultation.