In 2012 the GSK entered into a settlement with the United States Government over allegations of improperly marketing various drugs including Zofran. Zofran, also known as Ondansetron, has been linked to the possibilities of increased risk of giving birth to a child with birth defects such as cleft palate or congenital heart defects, among other things. Several studies have been performed that show that a mother who took Zofran for severe morning sickness was at risk of delivering a baby with such defects. For more information about the Zofran studies click here.
Subsequently, families who have been affected by the effects of Zofran on their children have filed lawsuits against the makers of the drug stating that Zofran was the cause of certain birth defects. Marketing and having doctor prescribe Zofran for severe sickness was a complete misrepresentation of the drug, as it’s intended use was for patients who were suffering from extreme nausea due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy and post operative procedures. This is what the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) originally approved the drug for in 1991. The FDA never approved the drug for intense morning sickness during pregnancy.
Estimated Birth Defects In Illinois
The latest census data of Illinois’ population was 12,880,580. From that figure the following cities had the top five highest populations:
- Chicago- 2,718,782 population
- Aurora- 199,963 population
- Rockford- 150,251 population
- Joliet- 147,806 population
- Naperville- 144,864 population
As already mentioned above, Zofran was approved by the FDA in 1991 and it quickly gained popularity as the go to drug for women in dire need of relief from intense morning sickness. The drug had an almost 99% market share by 2005. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that for every 33 live births there is one birth defect. Going by this information, as well as averaging the risk rates determined in the epidemiological studies conducted, we can assess that there are approximately 7,000 child births in Illinois that were affected by a mother taking Zofran over the course of her first trimester.
What Are The Potential Numbers Of Cleft Defects & Congenital Heart Defects Linked With Zofran In Illinois?
If we apply our estimates above, we understand that there is a possible 1,300 cleft lip or cleft palate, and 5,700 congenital heart birth defects, that were as a result of taking Zofran in the first trimester of pregnancy. The following is a summary of the cleft lip and congenital heart defects of each of the five largest cities in Illinois:
- Chicago- 1,300 child birth defects (about: 305 Cleft palate and 995 congenital heart defects)
- Aurora –145 child birth defects (about: 70 Cleft palate and 75 congenital heart defects)
- Rocketford – 120 child birth defects (about: 65 Cleft palate and 55 congenital heart defects)
- Joliet –120 child birth defects (60 about: Cleft palate and 60 congenital heart defects)
- Naperville – 120 child birth defects (20 about: Cleft palate and 100 congenital heart defects)
Adverse Effects Linked With Taking Zofran
Regardless of the numerous medical community studies performed about the effects of Zofran, manufacturers GSK, deny that their drug causes or caused birth defects. However, those that have filed lawsuits cite that Zofran was the cause of their child being born with the following defects:
- Facial dysmorphia
- Cleft palate
- Hole in the heart or atrial septal defect
- Kidney malformations
- Low set ears
Click here to read more about the cases brought forward to date.
Can I File A Zofran Lawsuit?
If any of the information you have read above sounds true to you and your situation, you very well may be able to file a Zofran lawsuit. If there is a known history of Zofran being administered in the first trimester of pregnancy and your baby was born with cleft lip or cleft palate or a condition known as a ‘hole in the heart’, then it maybe appropriate for you to seek compensation. If you need to know more about how to go about this, then contact our Zofran lawyers for a no cost consultation.
Who Are The Zofran Lawyers In Illinois?
The website ZonfranLegal.com is sponsored by various law firms filing Zofran lawsuits for birth defects. Our lawyers are licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois. For more information about our Illinois Zofran attorneys go here. Get in contact with us today if you reside in Illinois and want to know more about pursuing a Zofran lawsuit. We are to help you day and night 24/7.
Information About Heart Defect & Cleft Lip In Illinois
Cleft Advocate: http://www.cleftadvocate.org/IL.html
Cleft Palate Foundation: http://www.cleftline.org/parents-individuals/team-care/state-listings-i/
The University Of Chicago Medicine: http://www.uchospitals.edu/online-library/content=P01104
Children’s Hospital Of Illinois: http://www.childrenshospitalofillinois.org/services-and-clinics/specialty-services/congenital-heart-center/