When you bring a child into the world, the last thing you want to worry about is the possibility of birth defects. For some women, the medication that they take during pregnancy can lead to a lifetime of devastating side effects for their children. One of those medications is ondansetron, brand name Zofran, prescribed to treat severe nausea.
Zofran is prescribed primarily for the treatment of nausea related to chemotherapy and surgeries, but many doctors prescribe the anti-nausea medication to pregnant women in an effort to alleviate morning sickness and more serious side effects of pregnancy, including hyperemesis gravidarum. The use of Zofran for these conditions has not been approved by the FDA, and women who take Zofran to treat pregnancy-related nausea may be putting their unborn children at risk for developing devastating medical conditions.
Zofran and Birth Defects
Several recent studies have linked Zofran and its generic equivalent with a higher risk of developing birth defects. These birth defects include cleft palates, kidney malformations and certain heart defects. The FDA has not approved Zofran for use by pregnant women, and no studies have been done to determine if this drug is safe for expectant mothers and their unborn children. During the first trimester, unborn children are at higher risks for a wide range of conditions, and it’s not clear how the anti-nausea medication Zofran affects a developing fetus.
Zofran may or may not be directly responsible for your child’s birth defect, but you won’t know for sure whether you have a case unless you speak with an experienced attorney. At Diez-Arguelles & Tejedor, we handle these types of cases because we care about justice on behalf of your family. Our team works hard to make sure that people who have been wronged get compensated accordingly.
When to Contact an Attorney
If you or someone you love took Zofran during pregnancy and the child developed certain birth defects, then legal assistance may be available. At Diez-Arguelles & Tejedor, we help families throughout Florida who have become victims of medical negligence get the compensation that they deserve. We specialize in personal injury and medical malpractice, and we may be able to:
- Help you understand your legal rights
- Pursue legal actions on your behalf
- Represent you during litigation or settlement meetings
Pharmaceutical companies and negligent medical professionals should be held accountable for their actions. Filing a lawsuit can take time, but our goal is to help you gain compensation for mental and emotional anguish, medical bills and other expenses as they relate to your child’s medical needs. We want to make sure that you and your family can move forward with your lives.
If you believe your child is suffering from a birth defect because you were prescribed Zofran during pregnancy, then contact Diez-Arguelles & Tejedor today to see if you have a case. We’ll evaluate your situation and determine how to proceed. Don’t hesitate to call us today for an in-depth consultation.