An Arkansas couple has failed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline alleging that the anti-nausea drug Zofran caused their son to be born with a cleft lip.
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Arkansas Family Alleges Zofran Caused Son’s Cleft Lip
The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Western Division on May 21, alleges that the mother was prescribed Zofran for morning sickness during her 1st trimester of pregnancy, “around September of 2011.”
The couple’s son was born on June 1, 2012, and immediately diagnosed with a partial cleft lip. Three months later, the boy underwent surgery to correct the defect, according to the lawsuit.
The parents allege that their son “suffered a permanent scar from the repair that is often red and inflamed,” and that his lip is “not symmetrical.” To make matters worse, the boy now has developmental delays as a result of sedatives used during the surgery, plaintiffs claim, and that “it took him longer to speak and walk than the average infant, and he has visited a speech therapist, a developmental therapist, and a physical therapist.”
Zofran Birth Defect Studies
The Arkansas family has filed what is believed to be the nation’s second Zofran lawsuit over oral cleft birth defects. The first, brought by a Montana couple on April 3, alleged that the mother’s use of Zofran during pregnancy caused their daughter to be born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. The girl, now 16, “has been forced to undergo ten surgeries […] and more are planned and likely,” according to the lawsuit.
In one of the first studies to look at Zofran’s potential to cause birth defects, researchers at Harvard and Boston Universities found that women who had been prescribed ondansetron in pregnancy were 2.37 times more likely to have a baby with a cleft palate.
As in earlier lawsuits, the Arkansas family alleges that GSK disregarded these and other “warning signs.” Rather than alert the public and medical communities about the link between Zofran and birth defects, plaintiffs argue the company “fail[ed] to issue sufficiently strengthened warnings following the existence of reasonable evidence association Zofran use with the increased risk of birth defects.”
Plaintiffs further accuse GSK of failing to test the effects of Zofran on pregnant women, and of illegally promoting the drug to healthcare professionals for off-label use. The lawsuit is: case number 4:15-cv-00284-BRW.
Arkansas Mother Claims Son’s Multiple Birth Defects Caused by Zofran Exposure
December 23 – A woman from Arkansas has filed a lawsuit against GSK alleging that her use of Zofran for morning sickness during her first trimester of pregnancy caused her son to be born with multiple birth defects including clubfoot, cleft palate and respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). According to the complaint, the woman only used Zofran in one of her 3 pregnancies. Coincidentally, this was the only pregnancy where she delivered a child with birth defects. Click here to learn more.
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