Zofran Birth Defect Lawyers Reviewing Cases for Cleft Palate, Cleft Lip, Heart Malformations
The product liability lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are reviewing potential Zofran lawsuits for children born with birth defects or malformations that may have been caused by exposure to the morning sickness drug during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Although Zofran has been widely prescribed to pregnant women for nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness, this is considered an “off-label” use and GlaxoSmithKline has never established that the medication is safe for the unborn child.
Potential pregnancy side effects of Zofran may increase the risk that that the developing fetus is left with a number of serious and potentially life-threatening health problems, including:
- Cleft Palate: A congenital birth defect associated with Zofran use by pregnant women, where the roof of the baby’s mouth fails to properly develop. This results in a gap that often requires infant surgery within the first year to 18 months of the child’s life to reconstruct the roof of the mouth. Some research has suggested that Zofran may be associated with a 2.4 fold increase in the risk of a fetus being left with a cleft palate.
- Cleft Lip: A related birth malformation, where a gap or indentation is present in the upper lip, which may continue into the nose. This is one of the most common birth defects seen in children, but can leave the baby with long-term health complications, scarring and psychological injury.
- Heart Defects: Zofran birth defects may also cause heart malformations, such as a hole in the heart, known as an atrial septal defect or ventricular septal defect. The problems may present as a heart murmur, as blood flows through the hole.
If proper research on the Zofran pregnancy risks had been conducted by GlaxoSmithKline and if adequate warnings had been provided for women experiencing morning sickness, many children may have avoided these serious health problems.
Free consultations are available with our Zofran birth defect lawyers to help families understand what legal options may be available for the child. There are no out-of-pocket fees or expenses associated with hiring a Zofran attorney, as we are only paid if a recovery is obtained for the child.
To review a potential claim for your child or a loved one, request a free case evaluation.