A product liability lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Northern Alabama on behalf of a Chilton County woman who alleges her son was born with multiple birth defects after she took the anti-nausea drug Zofran during pregnancy.
Free Zofran Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with a birth defect after the mother took Zofran while pregnant, 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.
Update: Alabama Leads Nation in Zofran Birth Defect Lawsuits
October 10, 2015 – At least 8 Alabama families have filed lawsuits against GSK alleging birth defects from Zofran; however, experts feel this number is likely to grow significantly in the coming weeks and months, as awareness of the dangers posed by this controversial drug continues to spread.
What’s the Problem?
The plaintiff, Julie Hunter, started taking Zofran in Jan. 2006 during her first trimester of pregnancy, according to the lawsuit. Hunter’s son Talon was born in August, and diagnosed shortly thereafter with a number of severe birth defects including a distended kidney, extra digits and a high, narrow pallet.
Nine months after he was born, Talon had a seizure and was subsequently diagnosed with a seizure disorder. Julie claims that the boy, now 8 years old, is a special needs child, is non-verbal, and has “very delayed” reactions. He has also been diagnosed with a chromosomal defect, which doctors believe is the cause of many of his health issues.
“Specifically, plaintiff Talon Hunter suffers from a duplication of the long arm of his 13th chromosome, which was found to be the cause of his myriad health issues,” according to the lawsuit.
His parents were tested and found not to have the defect, which means they could not have passed it on to him. Talon also has glaucoma, and is expected to struggle with all of these conditions for the rest of his life.
The complaint, which was filed April 1, alleges that Talon’s defects were not congenital, but instead caused by his exposure to Zofran in the womb. Hunter says GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the company that makes Zofran, knew or should have known of the drug’s potential to cause birth defects, but failed to adequately warn about these risks.
“The drug Zofran was not reasonably safe when being used in a foreseeable manner, but to the contrary, was defective and unreasonably dangerous when being so used,” according to the lawsuit. “The defective and unreasonably dangerous condition of the drug Zofran was the proximate cause of the injuries to Plaintiff Talon Hunter.”
In addition to Talon’s health problems, the lawsuit alleges that Zofran caused physical pain, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life and related medical expenses. Hunter is seeking damages in excess of $75,000.
The case is: Julie Hunter and Talon Hunter v GlaxoSmithKline et al, Case No. 2:15-cv-00544-JEO, in the US District Court, Northern District of Alabama.
Two Mothers File Alabama Zofran Lawsuits on Same Day
June 23 – Two lawsuits were filed today in Alabama federal courts — one in the Southern District of Alabama and the other in the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division — by women who allegedly gave birth to babies with severe congenital birth defects after they took Zofran during pregnancy. Both plaintiffs claim they were unaware of the risks associated with Zofran when it was prescribed to them, and that GSK should be liable for their children’s medical expenses. Click here to learn more.
Alabama Mom Sues GSK After Son Born with Heart, Kidney Defects
July 24 – A lawsuit filed today in the Northern District of Alabama alleges that a woman’s use of Zofran during her first trimester of pregnancy caused her son to be born in 2014 with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a life-threatening congenital heart condition, as well as an unspecified kidney defect. As a result of the heart defect, the child has already had to undergo multiple invasive procedures, including a heart transplant. Click here to learn more.
Couple Alleges Son’s 3 Heart Defects Caused by Zofran
September 8 – Complaint filed by Alabama family whose son was allegedly born with 3 severe heart defects, including an atrial septal defect (ASD), after the mother took Zofran while pregnant. According to the lawsuit, “had GSK marketed Zofran in a truthful and non-misleading manner, [plaintiff] would never have taken Zofran.” The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, under case number 2:15-cv-01638-RDP.
Family Claims Zofran Caused Daughter’s Heart Defect
September 9 – Complaint filed today in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division, on behalf of an Elba, Alabama couple whose daughter was born with “multiple congenital anomalies” — including an unspecified heart defect — after the mother took Zofran while pregnant. The case is unique in that it names both GSK and Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories (an India-based generic drug manufacturer) as defendants. The lawsuit is filed under case #2:15-cv-01552-TMP.
Zofran Pregnancy Studies
A number of recent studies have linked the use of Zofran during pregnancy to birth defects, especially when taken during the first trimester — the most critical time for fetal development. Unfortunately, this is often when morning sickness is at its worst, which means women are more likely to take Zofran during the first trimester.
- 2012 study from the Center for National Birth Defects Research and Prevention found a 2.4-fold increased risk for cleft palate when Zofran was taken during the first trimester.
- Danish study conducted in 2013 involving 600,000 births determined that there was no significant risk of birth defects associated with Zofran. However, 6 months later, another study based on 900,000 births from the same registry found a 30% overall increased risk of birth defects, and a doubled risk of heart defects linked to the drug.
- In 2014, an investigation by the Toronto Star revealed that at least 20 Canadian women had reported serious Zofran side effects to the FDA after being prescribed the drug for morning sickness, including 2 infant deaths and multiple birth defects involving the heart and kidneys.
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 Confidential Case 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 suit and we can help.