What every pregnant mother should know about Zofran
Most pregnant women do all that they can to protect their unborn child. Because the first trimester of pregnancy is so critical to the development of the unborn child, moms are reluctant to take any type of drug that could harm their unborn child, during this time period especially.
Zofran was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to reduce nausea and vomiting in chemotherapy patients, not in expectant mothers. Yet doctors are still allowed to prescribe it for its "off-label" use, to treat the same problem in pregnant mothers.
As a result, prescriptions are written every day and given to women who are in the dark as to the possible adverse effects that can occur from its use.
Prescription for Danger
The research shows that many women who suffer with severe nausea and vomiting during their first trimester are being prescribed Zofran pretty commonly, even with its possible link to serious adverse effects in unborn babies. Pregnant mothers, as well as doctors, need to be aware of the risks that are often not disclosed to them by the marketers of the drug.
By the time many pregnant mothers are aware that they could be harming their child, it’s often too late. Expectant mothers deserve to know about the risks involved before taking Zofran.
How Zofran Works
Zofran blocks chemicals in the body that cause nausea and vomiting. It can be taken as a pill (the most common form prescribed to pregnant women) orally and taken daily, as a disintegrating tablet or in the form of an injection. In instances where home remedies like eating crackers or toast in the morning don't work to decrease nausea and vomiting, doctors continue to prescribe Zofran quite commonly.
Lawsuits are being filed nationwide alleging that GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) illegally promoted Zofran as safe and effective treatment for morning sickness, even though the drug has never been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for this purpose. As a matter of fact, the federal government slapped GSK with a lawsuit that they settled for $3 billion dollars back in 2012, claiming they illegally marketed the drug for its “off label” use, among other offenses.
With highly possible links to such serious risks, one can't help but to ask how Zofran is allowed to stay on the market. Why is the drug still available when it is clearly harming unborn children?
Stories of babies born with heart defects, cleft palate and quite a few other devastating deformities as a result of their mothers taking Zofran are increasing in number as more and more mothers are discovering the link between the two.
Many of these devastated mothers have filed birth injury lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline. They readily admitted that using Zofran for nausea and vomiting in pregnant women has not been tested. Regardless, this doesn't deter them from aggressively marketing promoting their dangerous drug to unknowing mothers.
The FDA hasn't banned Zofran, and many doctors remain unaware of the dangers of the drug when they prescribe it, though it is their duty to inform patients about all possible side effects.
We want answers. What can we do about it?
We can inform as many pregnant mothers as possible about the damage Zofran can do so they can choose for themselves if the benefits outweigh the risks. In an interview with CBS, Dallas personal injury attorney Kay Van Wey, who represents mothers of Zofran victims, did just that:
Click here to view the CBS interview in its entirety.
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