All over the country, expectant mothers took the prescription drug, Zofran, with the hope that it would ease their nausea during pregnancy without hurting their unborn child. Now, GlaxoSmithKline, the company that made the drug is going to have to attend a Massachusetts court where it will be determined whether or not the drug was responsible for more than 50 birth defects.
When the company was first served with the court papers, they petitioned the court system to let the case be heard by the Pennsylvania court, but their request was denied on the grounds that the Pennsylvania location made it difficult for the 50 plaintiffs involved in the case to be on location for the hearing, plus the courts in Pennsylvania were already over loaded with other court cases.
While a great deal of publicity around the lawsuit has been focused on the involved parties bickering over where the trial will take place, everyone has agreed that the entire case needs to be resolved as quickly as possible since the number of birth defects being blamed on Zofran continue to climb.
Doctors had prescribed the drug to patients who suffered from severe morning sickness. The problem was that the expectant mothers were never properly warned that if they took the drug, they could be putting their child at risk of developing a congenital birth defect. Common problems that have been linked to the drug include cleft lips, heart trouble, and developmental delays.
When young mothers started to notice a connection between their child’s birth defects and the prescription drug, a Danish study was performed. The results indicate that infants who were exposed to Zofran during gestation were up to 4 times more likely to have a heart defect and 2.37 times more likely to have a cleft palate.
The company doesn’t deny that Zofran could have caused the birth defects, but they say they never suggested the drug be used to treat morning sickness during pregnancy. According to them, the medical community was told that Zofran was only to be used to treat nausea caused by chemotherapy and surgical anesthesia. GlaxoSmithKline maintains that if pregnant women were prescribed Zofran, the fault lies with their OB/GYN, not the drug’s manufacture.
When you’re an expecting mother, you do everything in your power to make sure your child is healthy and happy at birth, and that includes taking the medication that is prescribed to you by your doctor. While you now know that Zofran isn’t something you should take, there’s always a new prescription drug that could be wrongfully prescribed, which is why approximately 270 deaths per day are connected with improper use of prescription drugs.
If you feel that your life has been damaged as the result of poorly administered prescription drugs the best thing you can do is contact a medical malpractice attorney in Tampa. Based on the details you provide and information they collect from neutral third party sources, the medical malpractice attorney in Tampa will advise you about whether or not you should file a lawsuit.
The sooner you contact a medical malpractice attorney in Tampa, the sooner you will get the compensation you deserve.