Anti-Nausea Medicine, Zofran, Could Cause Birth Defects
When you are pregnant, you take a lot of precautions to protect your unborn baby. You take prenatal vitamins, go to your doctor appointments and make sure you’re eating healthy. But, you probably still get morning sickness or some kind of nausea. When your doctor prescribes you an anti-nausea medicine, you take it, expecting relief and not thinking there will be any long lasting effects on you or your baby.
An article in Market Watch says that a law firm in Chicago is possibly going to bring a class action lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the makers of Zofran, the popular anti-nausea medicine, previously approved for cancer patients.
The lawsuit alleges that when used by pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy, Zofran increases the risk of birth defects. GSK began receiving as many as 200 reports of Zofran related birth defects, some as early as 1992. The conditions ranged from congenital heart disease, orofacial and septal defects, kidney malformation and sometimes, stillbirths.
GSK promoted that Zofran is a safe treatment alternative in pregnant women with morning sickness, despite evidence showing unreasonable risk of harm to babies exposed to it. It is suspected that GSK disregarded a mandate from the FDA to cease distributing materials about the drug.
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