I have been recently contacted by ZofranLawsuitGuide.com asking me to get the word out on the dangers of a drug called Zofran. Many pregnant women are familiar with this drug since it’s prescribed to help with nausea and vomiting, but not many of us know about birth defects that Zofran can cause to a baby.
I’m usually against any medications in general, just because you never know the whole truth about any of them, I don’t want to endanger myself and especially my baby to any side effects. Thank God both of my pregnancies were good and I didn’t have bad morning sickness at all, I was prescribed Zofran once when I was pregnant with my second baby just in case my morning sickness got worse, and I waited as long as I could, not to take this medicine. But towards the end of my first trimester, I felt really sick and I took one, it helped. Luckily, the next day my morning sickness was gone, and I didn’t have to take more of it. But if I knew then what I know about Zofran now, I wouldn’t take it at all.
I’m not a doctor or medical worker, and I won’t ask you to solemnly rely on just this article, but I will ask you to do your own research on this drug before you take it, talk to your OBGYN as well. I read many articles about Zofran some say that the risk is minimal (but the risk is still there), some are completely against this medication to be prescribed to pregnant women. Here are the highlights about Zofran ↓
Zofran Causing Birth Defects
Zofran is a popular anti-nausea drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). It’s approved by the FDA for use for nausea and vomiting caused by cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and surgery. Yet, for the past decade or so, doctors have been prescribing the medication for off-label use for morning sickness, although it was never approved for use by pregnant women. Consequently, numerous babies have been born with birth defects associated with Zofran use.
Birth Defects Associated with Zofran
Taking Zofran while pregnant heightens the risk of babies developing, at least, a dozen different kinds of birth defects. Although some women who took Zofran while pregnant had healthy babies with no problems, the number of births met with birth defects continue to rise.
One of the most in-depth studies on Zofran and pregnancy, performed by Danish researchers, who studied more than 600,000 pregnant women in Denmark, indicated that there is a heightened risk of numerous birth defects. In fact, study results show that there is 2-fold increased risk of infants developing major congenital heart malformations and defects when exposed to Zofran while in utero.
Additional studies indicate that pregnant women who take Zofran have an increased of having babies with:
- Hearing and vision problems
- Cleft lip and cleft palate
- Webbed toes
- Abnormal blood pressure
- Abdominal problems
- Light sensitivity
- Skull deformities
- Irregular blood pressure
Why Are Pregnant Women Prescribed Zofran?
With an increased risk of infants developing birth defects, many people continue to wonder why pregnant women are still being prescribed Zofran. It all boils down to marketing and making money. GSK saw a wide open market in which to push Zofran to pregnant women. The drug manufacturer allegedly began offering kickbacks to doctors who prescribed Zofran to pregnant women for off-label use for morning sickness.
Unfortunately, prescribing medications for off-label use is not technically illegal, although numerous people may agree that it’s morally illegal. Regardless, drug manufacturers who market medications have the responsibility to disclose all risks and side effects associated with each drug. Reportedly, GSK failed to provide information on the associated risks when taking Zofran while pregnant.
The overwhelming majority of women who took Zofran while pregnant were never told of the heightened risk of their babies developing birth defects. As a result, GSK now faces dozens of Zofran lawsuits. In fact, the amount of lawsuits against GSK has grown so large that they may be consolidated into a multidistrict litigation. In the meantime, more and more parents continue to file complaints against the company.
Before Taking Zofran
If you are currently pregnant and experiencing morning sickness, it’s important to understand that if your doctor prescribes you Zofran, you are taking a risk with infant’s health should you choose to take it. Make sure you understand all risks involved, and more importantly, ask your physician about other alternative remedies that can help you battle morning sickness.
Again, although some women were not affected while taking Zofran while pregnant, others now live with high medical bills and other associated costs of having an infant with birth defects.
xo JANE xo