A Virginia woman has filed a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in New Jersey federal court alleging that her use of the anti-nausea medication Zofran during pregnancy caused her son’s heart, lung and abdominal birth defects.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: If your child was injured by Zofran side effects, 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?
According to the lawsuit, plaintiff’s son was born on January 2, 2015, and subsequently diagnosed with the following birth defects after being exposed to Zofran in the womb:
- Complete Atrioventricular Canal Defect (CAVC) – Large hole in center of the heart affecting all 4 chambers where they would normally be divided. This heart defect allows oxygen-rich (red) blood to mix with oxygen-poor (blue) blood, and causes the chambers and valves to improperly route blood to each station of the circulation, according to the American Heart Association.
- Doublet Outlet Right Ventricle (DORV) – Defect that occurs when the pulmonary artery and the aorta—the heart’s 2 great arteries—both arise from the right ventricle, according to Boston’s Children’s Hospital. Another malformation called ventricular septal defect (VSD) always occurs with DORV.
- Heterotaxy of the Lungs – Rare defect in which the lungs are situated improperly in the chest.
- Malrotation of the Intestines – Twisting of the intestines caused by abnormal development of the fetus in utero. Malrotation occurs in about 1 in 500 births in the U.S., according to KidsHealth.
As a result of these problems, the boy, who is still less than a year old, has had to undergo open-heart surgery, according to the lawsuit.
The complaint is unique in that along with naming GSK as a defendant, plaintiff also names Glenmark Generics, an Indian company that produces a generic version of Zofran, as a defendant.
The lawsuit was filed September 28 in the U.S. District Court of New Jersey under case number 2:15-cv-07134, and transferred to the Zofran multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Boston on October 23 as case number 15-13712.
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 defect cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Evaluation: Again, if your child was born with heart defects, cleft lip / cleft palate, clubfoot or other 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 our lawyers can help.