In February 2015 a Massachusetts family filed a case against GlaxoSmithKline alleging that their doctor prescribed drug, Zofran was the cause of their daughter’s birth defects. The mother of the affected child exposed her unborn baby to Zofran, which she took upon her doctor’s recommendation, for relief of the extreme nausea and vomiting she was experiencing in the first 12 weeks of her pregnancy. Her Zofran exposed baby was born with various congenital heart defects including atrial septal defect (ASD) and aortic arch hypoplasoa. For more information about this Massachusetts lawsuit click here.
Why Are Zofran Lawsuits Being Filed?
The Massachusetts Zofran related birth defect case is not an anomaly. Several lawsuits are being brought to court all over the United States by parents stating that Zofran was the cause of their child’s birth defects. These parents are within their rights to file such cases as epidemiological studies have concluded that Zofran increases the risk of a child being born with abnormalities like cleft lip and palate, congenital heart defects and more. Zofran is a drug that was initially authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991 for the very specific use of suppressing severe nausea and vomiting experienced by cancer and post-operative patients.
However, the drug went on to be prescribed by OB/GYNs, without the FDA’s approval, for pregnant women to use in an effort to relieve themselves of hyperemesis gravidarum (serious morning sickness). GlaxoSmithKline did not design the drug for such purposes nor is there any sufficient evidence of clinical research being conducted on their part that confirms that Zofran is or was safe for use in pregnant women.
Massachusetts Birth Deformities Statistics
According to Mass.gov every 41/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) reports a 3% rate of children being born with a defect in America. Reasons for birth deformities vary from genetic reasons, to certain types of drugs consumed whilst pregnant.
The most recently recorded census results for Massachusetts state that 6,745,408 reside there. A city by city population breakdown of the states’ most populated cities is as follows:
- Boston- population 645,966
- Worcester- population 182,544
- Springfield- population 153,703
- Lowell- population 108,861
- Cambridge- population 107,289
In order to calculate the figure of possible Zofran related birth defects in Massachusetts, we used the Massachusetts State census recorded figure and averaged the estimated birth abnormality rates established in the epidemiological studies mentioned before, and determined that almost 3,660 live births in Massachusetts as of 1991 (when Zofran became available) may have resulted in some form of congenital heart defect or orofacial cleft.
Probable Stats Of Cleft Palate And CHD In Massachusetts And Its Most Populous Cities
Going by the Massachusetts population 6,745,408, we broke down our total birth defect figure of 3,660 and established that there were 730 possible births that resulted in cleft palate/lip, and 2,930 births that resulted in CHD. The city by city Zofran related birth deformities is as follows:
- Boston- 350 total defects with a probable 110 cleft lip and palate, and 240 CHD
- Worcester- 140 total defects with a probable 40 cleft lip and palate, and 100 CHD
- Springfield- 122 total defects with a probable 35 cleft lip and palate, and 87 CHD
- Lowell- 101 total defects with a probable 10 cleft lip and palate, and 91 CHD
- Cambridge-100 total defects with a probable 10 cleft lip and palate, and 90 CHD
Adverse Effects And Birth Defects Related With Taking Zofran?
As already mentioned above- in February 2015, a Massachusetts family filed a case against GlaxoSmithKline for the company’s wrong use of Zofran which they allege caused severe birth abnormalities in their child. Other birth abnormalities that have been linked to Zofran are:
- hole in the heart
- congenital heart defects
- facial dysmorphia
- webbed toes
- low set ears
- kidney malformations
- cleft palate
For cleft palate especially, a study by the CDC and Sloan Epidemiology found that there was an increased risk rate of 2.37 chances of a mother giving birth to a baby with cleft palate, if she had ingested Zofran in the first 12 weeks of her pregnancy. Go here for further details about these stats.
Filing A Zofran Court Case
If you or someone close to you was recommended and took Zofran for the treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum in the first trimester and ended up delivering a baby with any or more of the birth abnormalities such as cleft lip or hole in the heart, then you may have a legal right to a settlement.
Zofran attorneys are here to talk over the details of your case with you at any time.We are seasoned lawyers with experience in dealing with these kinds of petitions. You also do not need to pay anything for your consultation as we make sure you do not pay anything until we win the case for you. Click here to learn more about our Zofran team.
Furthermore, please contact us for further assistance and guidance if your child endured other difficulties as we are in the process of investigating further defects that are Zofran related.
Who Are The Massachusetts Zofran Advocates?
Representatives of ZofranLegal.com are authorized to practice law in the state of Massachusetts. To speak with a Massachusetts lawyer about your Zofran child birth defect lawsuit, call us. For more information about our MA licensed lawyers click here.
Where To Obtain Birth Deformities Information In Massachusetts
If you are reading this information, then birth deformities have affected your life and we believe this is not something you should go through alone. Below you will find useful information that will be of use to Massachusetts parents affected by any or some of the birth defects mentioned in this article.