A couple from Norcross, Georgia, has filed a products liability lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) alleging that the anti-nausea medication Zofran (generic: ondansetron) caused their baby to be born with a cleft palate.
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What’s the Problem?
April 28, 2016 – According to the lawsuit, the mother was prescribed Zofran for morning sickness during her first trimester of pregnancy in 2003. Her daughter was born later that year and immediately diagnosed with a cleft palate, a birth defect in which the roof of the mouth is split by a gap or opening.
The girl, referred to in court documents as “MCW”, has already been forced to undergo surgery to repair the cleft, according to her parents. She has also enrolled in a sleep study and required 3 myringotomies, a procedure in which the eardrum is cut open to relieve fluid pressure. She is expected to require additional treatments in the future, according to the suit, and now lives with a “dysmorphic appearance of the mandible.”
MCW’s cleft palate is the result of her exposure to Zofran in the womb, according to her parents, who note a 2012 study in which Harvard researchers found that mothers who used Zofran during early pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have babies with cleft palate compared to women who did not use the medication. The suit also references 3 large European studies in which prenatal exposure to Zofran was associated with an increased risk for congenital heart defects.
Like hundreds of parents before them, Plaintiffs accuse GSK of hiding this information from the public and medical communities, while allegedly promoting Zofran “off-label” as a treatment for morning sickness.
The lawsuit was originally filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia under case number 1:16-cv-01175-SJC, and has since been transferred to the Zofran multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Boston.
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