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Taking Zofran may lead to Birth Defects

Many cases are being investigated regarding a medication known as zofran. It has been stated that taking the prescription during pregnancy can lead to very severe birth defects. The medical community is now investigating this medication closely.

Taking Medication during Pregnancy

Challenging decisions must sometimes be made when it comes to the use of medicine during pregnancy. This is due to the fact that exposure to certain medications may be dangerous to the fetus. Often, people rely on prescription drug labels to assist in their decision making. Yet, at the time of product approval and label construction, there is rarely any human pregnancy data to base label warnings off of. This can lead to extreme risks for those who chose to take the prescription while pregnant.

What is Zofran?

Zofran is a medication often prescribed under the generic name of onsansetron. It is mainly used to reduce morning sickness during pregnancy. According to the FDA’s data in 2007, zofran had no negative effect in humans and adverse affects in animals when taken. However, recent cases have led scientists to believe otherwise. Zofran is no longer being marketed because it has been found that the required initial research and testing was incomplete. It was mainly prescribed by doctors “off-label” to pregnant women. “Off-label” means the medication is being used in a manner not specified in the FDA’s approved packaging label, or insert. This is not illegal, however it is illegal for drug companies to market drugs for off-label usage. Off-label usage can only be done at a doctor’s discretion.

Potential Consequences

Birth defects that have resulted from Zofran include:

  • Malformations of the heart of the fetus
  • Cleft palate
  • Bilateral clubfeet
  • Kidney defects
  • Respiratory distress syndrome

Contact an Experienced Attorney — Get a Free Case Evaluation

With over three and a half decades of experience, the law firm of Rudolph F.X. Migliore, P.C. is positioned to help those who have been harmed by this medication. Our law firm works with nationally recognized associated firms to reach major verdicts and settlements. Call our New York office at (631) 543-3663 to arrange a no cost, no obligation consultation to find out how an attorney can help you.

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