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Zofran Heart Defect Lawsuits Filed in Ohio

Ohio women file lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline alleging that Zofran taken during pregnancy caused heart defects in their children.

Two Ohio women are the latest to file lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) alleging that the company’s anti-nausea drug Zofran caused heart defects in their children.

Free Zofran Lawsuit Evaluation: If your baby was born with a heart defect, cleft palate or other injury after the mother took Zofran in pregnancy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

The lawsuits, which were both filed July 20 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, accuse GSK of marketing a dangerous drug to pregnant women. Plaintiffs claim their unborn children were exposed to Zofran side effects in 1994 and 1998, at a time when GSK was hiding reports linking birth defects to Zofran, according to the lawsuit.

One mother gave birth in January 1995, the other in July 1999. Both children, referred to in court documents as “A.T.” and “A.F.”, would not be diagnosed with heart defects for several years.

When A.F. was 4 years old, her pediatrician detected a heart murmur and referred the family to a cardiologist. She was subsequently diagnosed with a ventricular septal defect (VSD), commonly known as a “hole in the heart.”

The cardiologist determined that a non-surgical approach was appropriate to treat the condition, according to her mother. Frequent doctor visits followed as the family waited for A.F.’s defect to close on its own. Unfortunately, her condition has still not resolved.

A.T. was born in 1995 and immediately transferred to a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for “lung-related issues including pneumonia,” according to the lawsuit. After 9 days in the NICU, A.T. was released to her mother’s care. However, the baby’s condition failed to improve.

Plaintiff claims that 2 years later A.T. was finally diagnosed with a “large atrial septal defect”, or ASD, which had irreparably damaged her lungs. The child was then forced to undergo open heart surgery in an attempt to repair the vessels branching through her lungs. Fortunately, A.T.’s heart defect is now “completely mended”; however, she continues to have breathing difficulties.

In both complaints, plaintiffs noted a 2012 lawsuit in which the U.S. government alleged that GSK had illegally marketed Zofran. From 2002 to 2004, the company promoted the drug to obstetricians and gynecologists as a safe morning sickness treatment, an “off-label” or unapproved use, according to the lawsuit.

The Ohio lawsuits join at least 34 others filed against GSK alleging that Zofran caused birth defects in babies born to mothers who took the drug during pregnancy. The new complaints are consecutive case #s 1:15-cv-01435 and 1:15-cv-01436.

Do I Have a Zofran Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Zofran Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new birth defects cases in all 50 states.

Free Zofran Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if your child or other loved one was born with birth defects you feel may have been caused by Zofran, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.

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