A lawsuit filed against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) by an Ohio woman alleges that her use of the anti-nausea drug Zofran during pregnancy caused her child to be born with a severe congenital heart defect and die just days after birth.
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Ohio Mother Alleges Zofran Caused Heart Defect, Death of Child
The lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division (citation no. 3:15-cv-1166), alleges that the mother was prescribed Zofran (generic: ondansetron) during pregnancy for morning sickness in 2005, and that her child’s heart rate began to slow 9 days before being born. Immediately after delivery, on Mar. 17, 2006, the baby was diagnosed with a right ventricular heart defect and placed in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Sadly, she died 3 days later.
The complaint alleges that GSK illegally marketed Zofran to doctors for morning sickness despite reports of birth defects, and that by the year 2000:
“… dozens of physician reports began to show a high rate of teratogenicity [fetal development injury], with Zofran use being associated with congenital heart defects, kidney malformations, and cleft palate and other facial defects. Furthermore, data were showing intrauterine deaths, still births, deaths shortly after births, and serious congenital defects in children who survived.”
The lawsuit further alleges that in 2004, the GSK-commissioned Einarson Study found “twice the rate of ‘Major malformation’ (3.5% as opposed to 1.8%)” in children whose mothers used Zofran during pregnancy. Another study referenced in the complaint, one conducted by Danish researchers in 2014, determined that Zofran use during pregnancy was associated with more than a 60% increase in the rate of congenital heart defects, including a doubled increase in the rate of cardiac septal defects.
Ohio Mothers Allege Zofran Caused Heart Defects
Two consecutive lawsuits (case #s 1:15-cv-01435 and 1:15-cv-01436) filed July 20 in the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, accuse GSK of marketing a dangerous drug to pregnant women. Plaintiffs claim their unborn babies were exposed to Zofran side effects in 1994 and 1998, long before reports surfaced about the drug being linked to birth defects. Click here to learn more.
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