Zofran Lawsuit set for May 2020
GSK’s anti-nausea/chemo drug prescribed to thousands of pregnant woman likely caused thousands of birth defects
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) first received reports of birth defects associated with Zofran use by pregnant women as early as 1992. Over 200 reports suggest it caused conditions such as cleft lips/palates, congenital heart defects, kidney malformation and stillbirth. It is believed that the number of reported birth-defects associated with Zofran is just a fraction of all cases.
In 2012, GSK was forced to, “plead guilty and pay $3 billion to resolve its criminal and civil liability arising from the company’s unlawful promotion of certain prescription drugs, its failure to report certain safety data, and civil liability for alleged false price reporting practices,” according the US Department of Justice.
According to Reuters, claims are set to begin trial against GSK in May of 2020.
The company illegally marketed Zofran as a morning sickness drug for pregnant women in the early 2000s, despite evidence showing the risk of harm to babies with prenatal exposure. This was after the FDA demanded GSK immediately halt the distribution of its promotional materials on the drug in 1999.
Zofran civil suits accuse GSK of failing to protect infants from birth defects and life-threatening conditions, a drug used to treat cancer patients afflicted with severe cases of nausea that resulted from chemotherapy or radiation treatments. But GSK – in the absence of a drug for morning sickness pregnancy – also promoted it without FDA approval.
On Oct. 23, U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV stated, “At least two experts have opined that, based on their fields of expertise, Zofran can cause cleft lip with or without cleft palate.”
Though over 200 complaints have linked birth defects to Zofran use by pregnant women, GSK has taken no actions to inform the public or warn of the potential drug-related risks.
As a result, the law offices of Viñas & DeLuca, is currently accepting cases involving individuals who have suffered injury or loss due to Zofran use during pregnancy. Contact us now for your free consultation now.