Milwaukee Zofran Injury Lawyers
Zofran (ondansetron) is routinely prescribed for pregnant women suffering from morning sickness, however it has been linked to an increased risk for birth defects in infants and severe side effects for mothers.
The law offices of Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. are currently pursuing cases on behalf of mothers who have taken Zofran and suffered serious side effects and whose babies were born with birth defects.
Our drug injury lawyers have years of dedicated experience representing the injured against negligent pharmaceutical companies. If you experienced side effects after taking this dangerous drug call 877-877-2228 to discuss your claim.
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Do I Have A Case?
The controversial use of Zofran by pregnant women has been the subject of numerous studies, which have produced conflicting results.
Although additional research is required to come to a definitive conclusion, many complaints have been filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) Adverse Event Reporting System that show a potential link between the use of ondansetron and serious side effects.
If you have concerns that you may have suffered side effects after the use of this drug, do not hesitate to contact an attorney.
Our Wisconsin drug injury lawyers will conduct a comprehensive investigation into your injuries and will guide you through the litigation process to make sure that you receive justice for your injuries and suffering.
People At Risk
In 1991, the FDA approved Zofran to treat chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.
Although the drug has not been approved by the FDA for use by pregnant women, the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) illegally encouraged doctors to prescribe generic off-label versions of the medicine to pregnant women.
In 2013, the FDA issued a warning about signals for potential risks of taking Zofran and other serotonin-3 receptor antagonists. Unfortunately, the warning came too late for many women.
Still, to this day, doctors continue to prescribe ondansetron for pregnant women suffering from severe cases of morning sickness, putting the safety of both unborn children and mothers at risk.
Known Side Effects of Zofran
Zofran is a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist that works by blocking chemicals in the body that cause nausea and vomiting.
Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness are usually prescribed the oral, rapidly disintegrating tablet, though it can also be taken through injection.
Common side effects mothers may experience include:
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing or swallowing
- Rashes, hives or itching
Types of Birth Defects
Most women experience morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy, which means they are being prescribed this potentially dangerous drug during the most vulnerable time for the fetus.
For women taking Zofran during the first trimester, they and their unborn child are at an increased risk for injury.
Common potential birth defects from Zofran include:
- Cleft lip/palate
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
- Heart defects and murmurs
- Musculoskeletal anomalies
In an investigation conducted by the Toronto Star in June 2014 into the potentially harmful side effects of Zofran and ondansetron, it discovered that two infant deaths, multiple cases of birth defects and serious side effects for mothers were reported in connection to use of the drug.
Contact Us Today
If you or someone you love has suffered because of the serious side effects associated with the use of Zofran, you may be entitled to compensation.
Our experienced team of Milwaukee attorneys is dedicated to defending the rights of the injured against negligent pharmaceutical companies. We have the resources needed to fight these companies and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Our main office is conveniently located in Milwaukee and we proudly serve injury victims and their families throughout Milwaukee County, including:
- Oak Creeek
- West Allis
- Hales Corners
To learn more about your legal options, contact us today for a free consultation.