A family from Bismarck, North Dakota has filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) alleging that prenatal exposure to the anti-nausea medication Zofran (generic: ondansetron) caused their son to be born without one kidney.
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What’s the problem?
According to the lawsuit, plaintiff was prescribed Zofran for morning sickness early in her first trimester, which she continued to take in both pill form and intravenously throughout her pregnancy. Her son, referred to in court documents as “G.K.”, was born in 2007, but it would be another 6 years before the boy was diagnosed with kidney defects.
In Oct. 2013, G.K. suffered a kidney injury at home and was taken to a hospital emergency room. There, a diagnostic examination revealed that the child was missing the other kidney. According to the lawsuit, “the only kidney G.K. was born with, which was injured in the accident, was significantly damaged.” The boy was airlifted to a Minneapolis hospital, where he underwent “extensive treatment.”
G.K.’s birth defect, known as unilateral renal agenisis, occurs when the kidney fails to develop from earlier cellular structures, because those earlier structures were themselves absent. In this case, the boy was born not only missing a kidney, but also missing the connective tissues required to support a kidney transplant. Those tissues should have developed from the same cellular structures as the kidney itself, according to the lawsuit.
G.K.’s parents also say the boy was born without a vas deferens, the tube that connects the testes with the urethra. While few studies have investigated the link between the 2 defects, a January 2000 German study published in Andrologia found that of 105 patients, 74% of males missing one vas deferens were also missing a kidney.
According to the lawsuit, G.K.’s lack of vas deference means he may never achieve normal sexual function, and the missing kidney has caused a “serious threat” to his “health and enjoyment of life.”
The complaint was filed July 27 in the U.S. District Court of North Dakota, Southwestern Division under case number 1:15-cv-00102-CSM.
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