A product liability lawsuit has been filed against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) on behalf of a woman who allegedly gave birth to a baby boy with hypospadias after she took Zofran during pregnancy.
Free Zofran Hypospadias Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with hypospadias or another birth defect 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 of Zofran and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem?
The plaintiff, Amanda, took Zofran for morning sickness during her second trimester (week 13 through the end of week 26), according to the lawsuit.
“My son was born with hypospadias, where the urethra forms abnormally and is not at the top of his penis,” Amanda said. “The urologist told me that it is a birth defect.”
Hypospadias can occur anywhere from just below the end of the penis to the scrotum, and there are different forms of the defect, ranging from minor to severe. Mild cases typically do not cause symptoms; however, if it’s more severe, the patient may have problems such as spraying urine, difficulty directing the urine stream, and having curved erections.
Amanda’s son had surgery when he was 2 months old to correct the problem, but he still suffers from the defect.
“I don’t know if I can put my son through another surgery,” Amanda said. “I first noticed that his penis wasn’t normal after his circumcision – he wasn’t urinating properly. Now he is three years old and still having problems: he says it hurts. I’m scared about putting him through another surgery in case it doesn’t get corrected again. But I am getting a second opinion.”
When Amanda discovered that Zofran may have caused her son’s condition, she was outraged. “I cried so much, and the guilt is overwhelming. I am constantly dealing with this issue. You think that taking a drug is safe, especially for something ‘simple’ like morning sickness. Finding out the danger of this drug really is devastating, and very scary. And to top it off, I heard that the Zofran manufacturer was aware of Zofran birth defects yet didn’t recall it.”
A 2004 study published in An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) found a potential link between Zofran and hypospadias. In a cohort of 176 live pregnancies, researchers found 3 cases of the defect among mothers who took Zofran for morning sickness. The sample size was too small to indicate a 6-fold increase in hypospadias; however, the study’s authors cautioned that additional research needs to be performed, and that GSK lacks safety data for Zofran.
“When my son pees, his penis points down at an angle. He has two holes, and urinates from one of them. He is a healthy boy except for this,” Amanda said. “I didn’t take Zofran with my second child and he is fine… I can’t believe there is a drug on the market that can harm innocent babies. I’d like to see that come off the shelf. I hope this message serves as a warning to pregnant women who are considering taking Zofran.”
Do I Have a Zofran Hypospadias 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 hypospadias cases in all 50 states.
Free Zofran Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, if your child or other loved one was born with a birth defect after the mother took Zofran in pregnancy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Zofran Suit and our lawyers can help.