Zofran, generically known as ondansetron, is a prescription drug used to help alleviate nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Part of a class of medications called 5-HT3 receptor antagonists, it works by blocking the action of serotonin, a neurotransmitter connected to areas in the brain that elicit nausea and vomiting. While approved by the FDA for use after chemotherapy and radiation therapy, Zofran has also been in circulation for pregnant women, to relieve symptoms of morning sickness. The most serious form of “morning sickness” is called hyperemesis gravidarum, which can lead to dangerous levels of malnutrition and dehydration.
Recent studies, however, suggests strong links between pregnant women who take Zofran and congenital birth defects in their children. Due to properties which allow the drug to cross the placental barrier, fetuses have been found with nearly 50% of the levels of ondansetron present in the mother’s blood; a concentration which is more than enough to cause fetal malformations. It has been reported that women who used the drug Zofran during pregnancy delivered babies with birth defects including: mental under-development, hearing loss, vision loss, skull deformities, heart defects, abnormal blood pressure, cleft lip and/or palate, club foot, webbed toes, and stomach problems.
If you or a loved one took Zofran while pregnant, and your child has exhibited any of these symptoms, please contact the Law Offices of George Salinas today. Cases like yours require special attention, care, and a fierce passion for justice. The damage done by poorly marketed medication can be more than just physically harmful to your baby. If not addressed, your suffering and your child’s suffering can last for the rest of your lives. Please call us today at (210) 225.0909; we’re here to help. Our consultation and thorough analysis of your case is free. Let us fight to bring you justice.