Zofran (generic: ondansetron) may have the potential to cause serious congenital birth defects in babies born to mothers who take the drug during pregnancy. Among the defects linked to Zofran are musculoskeletal anomalies, which affect bone and muscle development in the skull, trunk and/or limbs.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If your child or other loved one was born with a musculoskeletal defect after the mother took Zofran (ondansetron) 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: Utah Mother Claims Daughter’s Hip Defects Caused by Zofran
August 16, 2016 – A mother from Utah whose daughter was allegedly born with bilateral hip dysplasia after she took Zofran during pregnancy has filed a products liability lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Plaintiff claims that surgery to correct the misalignment of her daughter’s hip bones did not solve the problem, and that she has failed to meet developmental milestones which have “prevented her from thriving physically and developmentally.”
Zofran Use in Pregnancy
Zofran is a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist which has been approved by the FDA to treat nausea and vomiting associated with cancer treatment and certain types of surgery. However, the drug has been prescribed “off-label” to pregnant women for morning sickness. When used for this purpose, Zofran has been linked to cleft palate, heart problems, kidney defects and musculoskeletal anomalies.
What are Musculoskeletal Anomalies?
Musculoskeletal birth defects are congenital abnormalities that occur in the bones and/or muscles. Although they can develop anywhere in the body, these types of defects are most often found in the skull, face, spine, hips, legs and feet. In some babies, bones and muscles may develop incompletely; in others, bone and muscle defects result in abnormal appearance or function of the affected body part.
- Facial Defects – The most common congenital malformations involving the skull and face are orofacial defects such as cleft lip and cleft palate. These problems occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not fuse together properly in the womb. Children of mothers who use Zofran while pregnant may be born with a cleft lip, a cleft palate, or both.
- Limb and Joint Defects – Limbs or joints may be missing, deformed, or abnormally developed. For example, bones in the hand and forearm may be missing, fingers may stop growing prematurely, or hips may be dislocated. Thalidomide, a drug used to treat morning sickness in the 1950s and 1960s, caused a variety of limb defects — usually short, poorly functioning appendages in place of arms and legs. Babies born with limb and joint defects are likely to have other congenital malformations.
- Hand Defects – In some babies, a hand may not form completely, or it may be missing altogether. In other cases, the baby may have too few fingers, or they may fail to separate, producing a web-like hand. Some hand defects involve extra fingers. Surgery is usually performed to correct these types of defects and provide as much hand function as possible.
- Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip – Baby’s hip socket and thighbone, which normally form a joint, become separated. This defect is most common among girls, babies born in a breech (buttocks-first) position, and among children who have relatives with congenital hip dysplasia.
- Clubfoot – Defect in which the foot and ankle are twisted out of place. In most cases, the feet are positioned down and the foot and ankle are twisted inward. The bones of the leg and foot, as well as the muscles of the calf, are often underdeveloped.
Zofran Clubfoot Lawsuit Filed in New Jersey
July 10, 2015 – A New Jersey couple has filed a lawsuit against GSK alleging that Zofran caused their son to be born with a severe case of clubfoot. The plaintiffs assert that the child will suffer lifelong physical and emotional effects, and that they themselves have experienced significant financial losses and emotional distress as a result of his condition. Click here to learn more.
Idaho Couple Alleges Son’s Birth Defects Caused by Zofran
October 27, 2015 – An Idaho couple has filed a lawsuit against GSK and Sandoz Inc. alleging that their son’s craniofacial birth defects were the result of the mother’s use of Zofran during pregnancy. According to the complaint, the boy was born in 2007 with multiple congenital abnormalities including cleft alveolus and ear deformities. Click here to learn more.
Do I Have a Zofran Musculoskeletal Defect 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 musculoskeletal defects cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if your child or other loved one was born with a musculoskeletal defect after the mother took Zofran in pregnancy, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.