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01 July 2015

Idaho Zofran Birth Defect Information And Lawsuits

Zofran is the brand name for Ondansetron, which is recommended to treat nausea and vomiting (NVM). Medical professionals prescribe Zofran to remedy symptoms of NVM brought on by cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Zofran is also used as an antidote for NVM after surgery. Some doctors have also recommended Zofran off-label to be used by expectant moms who are experiencing severe NVM symptoms during their pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) endorsed Zofran for the first two uses for cancer and post-surgery patients, but not for use in pregnant women who need anti-nausea relief.

How Zofran works is that it shuts off serotonin, which is a natural substance found in the brain that contributes to nausea and vomiting. Zofran’s mechanism allows it to belong to a category of drugs called serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonists. These types of drugs are called antiemetics, which means they block nausea and vomiting. There is evidence that conveys that Zofran is not a safe drug to be used during pregnancy. Majority of the research done has concluded that Zofran usage during fetal development causes a child to be born with cleft palate or congenital heart birth defects. Click here for more information about the research. Due to these birth defects and Zofran being wrongly recommended by doctors for use in pregnant women, many lawsuits have since ensued against the makers of Zofran GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Birth Irregularities Figures In Idaho

It has been documented that in America, for every 33 births one ends up being a birth defect. Idaho’s population is pegged at 1,634,464 by the United States census bureau. Appropriating that figure we have estimated the birth irregularities in that state to be 866. 

While infant birth irregularities are not uncommon, the reasons behind them are as diverse as genetic mutations to medical misconduct to faulty drugs taken during the baby’s development. Our Zofran team has weighed Idaho state in order to gauge the possible cases that exist by drawing upon the medical studies conducted that have alluded to specific prospects of birth irregularities associated with taking Zofran, as well as the population, and birth estimates in Idaho.

The populations of Idaho’s five most inhabited cities are:

  • Boise City- population 216,282
  • Nampa- population 88,211
  • Meridian- population 87,743
  • Idaho Falls- population 58,691
  • Pocatello- population 54,292

Cleft Palate And Hole In The Heart Estimations In Idaho

Appropriating Idaho’s population of 1,634,464 our estimations reveal that possibly 153 births are cleft palate and 713 are hole in the heart, all as a result of having taken Zofran in the early fetal developmental stages. Making use of Idaho’s five most inhabited cities our calculations reveal the following:

  • Boise City- 151 birth irregularities with around 20 cleft palate, and 131 hole in the heart irregularities
  • Nampa-  91 birth irregularities with around 8 cleft palate, and 83 hole in the heart irregularities
  • Meridian- 90 birth irregularities with around 8 cleft palate, and 82 hole in the heart irregularities
  • Idaho Falls- 78 birth irregularities with around 6 cleft palate, and 72 hole in the heart irregularities
  • Pocatello-  75 birth irregularities with around 5 cleft palate, and 70 hole in the heart irregularities

Accounted For Birth Deformities Due To Zofran

As already specified, various studies have already been undertaken with regard to Zofran and its effect on fetal development. The studies have shown that Zofran heightens the chances of an infant being born with abnormalities like cleft palate or hole in the heart, but these are not the only accounted for deformities. Cases that have been brought to court have seen litigants account for the following birth irregularities where Zofran was the known agent for their occurrences:

  • ASD
  • VSD
  • Renal abnormality
  • Webbed toes
  • Low set ears
  • Cardiac septum defects
  • Supraventricular tachycardia
  • Facial dysmorphia
  • Cleft palate

With regard to cleft palate it has been recently proven that when an expectant mom takes Zofran in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, she exposes her unborn baby to a 2.37 chance of being born with a clef palate. Read more about this study here. There is a lawsuit that has been filed in Billings Yellowstone that attests to this truth, where a mother took Zofran for morning sickness and did deliver a baby with cleft lip and palate.

Filing A Lawsuit In Idaho

Zofranlegal.com was conceived and subsidized by Monheit Law, Janet Jenner & Suggs, Grant Eisenhofer, Markhoff & Mittman, and Banville Law. These law firms came together to ensure adequate and accurate news is relayed regarding the Zofran suit. Even though our legal team is not licensed to practice law in Idaho state, we are authorized to practice law in Delaware where we also have offices. Delaware is a pivotal state because that is where the makers of Zofran have their base. This in turn means that any case that is filed in Delaware we can represent with no issues.

We do not offer a one size fits all model to file your case. We may advise you to file your case in Delaware or at a venue that is more suitable for you. In addition, while taking your circumstances into consideration, we may advise you to file your case in Idaho using one of our trusted legal counsel.

Please do not delay in getting hold of us if you have any questions. We are here to speak with you at any time of the day or night and to guide you through this difficult and delicate matter. To find out more about our team go here.

Idaho Cleft Palate & Congenital Heart Defects Websites

http://www.cleftline.org/parents-individuals/team-care/state-listings-i/

http://www.medicinenet.com/cleft_palate_and_cleft_lip/idaho-falls-id_city.htm

http://www.idahosurgicalarts.com/oms-cleft-lip-and-palate.html

http://www.intermountainhealinghearts.org/chd-facts

http://blog.eirmc.com/blog/2015/02/17/things-to-know-if-you%E2%80%99re-child-has-a-congenital-heart-defect/