Numerous studies have been carried out in countries like the United States, Denmark, Sweden and China, and the studies have seen a correlation between the use of Zofran and the occurrence of some types of birth defects like cleft palate and congenital heart abnormalities. One of the studies by BioMed Research International which was conducted by the doctors in Australia, looked at births in Western Australia from 2002 to 2005, for a total of 96,968 births. The doctors wanted to find out the effects of using Zofran while pregnant. Zofran was prescribed to a number of women while others were not. Of those who used Zofran, they used it during their first trimester. The results, among others, showed a 20 per cent increased chance of a serious birth abnormality in babies exposed to Zofran in utero in the critical first three months of development.
Zofran is an anti-nausea and vomiting drug that was approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. Its intended and approved use was for cancer and post operative patients experiencing extreme nausea due to their radiation therapy and operative procedures. At no time did the FDA give the go ahead for Zofran to be used as anti-nausea drug for pregnant women experiencing serious morning sickness. This misleading use of Zofran has seen hundreds of lawsuits being filed against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), for the wrong promotion of their drug, with litigants saying Zofran caused their children to be born with serious birth defects.
New York: Congenital Child Birth Defect Statistics
According to the Center For Disease Control 1 in 33 births in the United States has a documented child birth defect. The New York State Health Department reports that every 4.5 minutes a baby is born with a birth abnormality. The root cause of the birth defects vary from genetic predispositions, medical wrong doing, even drugs used while pregnant. In 2014 the population estimate for New York State was 19,746,227. The most populous cities of New York State are as follows:
- New York- 8,405,837
- Buffalo- 258,959
- Rochester- 210,358
- Yonkers- 199,766
- Syracuse- 144,669
Based on the above info, and the numerical means prospect percentages documented in the several epidemiological studies under taken, we approximate that 10,000 newborn births in New York State where the consumption of Zofran in the first three months of pregnancy led to a baby being born with some type of irregularity.
An Assessment Of Cleft Palate & Hole In The Heart Defects In New York State & New York States’ Principal Cities
From the probable figure stated above of 10,000 overall possible birth irregularities, we have assessed that 1,600 are some version of cleft palate and 8,400 are congenital heart defects or hole in the heart. While assessing New York’s five principal cities, the birth irregularities come up as follows:
- New York City- estimation of overall birth defects: 4,400, were possibly cleft palate: 900, were possibly hole in the heart defects: 3,500
- Buffalo- estimation of overall birth defects: 170, were possibly cleft palate: 70, were possibly hole in the heart defects: 100
- Rochester- estimation of overall birth defects: 150, were possibly cleft palate: 70, were possibly hole in the heart defects: 80
- Yonkers- estimation of overall birth defects: 140, were possibly cleft palate: 70,were possibly hole in the heart defects: 70
- Syracuse- estimation of overall birth defects: 120, were possibly cleft palate: 20, were possibly hole in the heart defects: 100
Reported Zofran Birth Defects And Side Effects
Some of the birth defects from the claims that have been brought to court, or have been associated with Zofran via epidemiological studies as of March 2015 are as follows:
- Atrial Septal Defect
- Facial Dysmorphia
- Low set ears
- Ventricular Septal Defect
- Kidney Malformations
- Cleft Palate
- Bicuspid aortic stenosis
- Supraventricular tachycardia
Do I Have A Zofran Lawsuit?
We are researching various abnormalities and we are likely able to give you useful information if you are not quite sure whether your child’s birth defect is associated with Zofran or not. However, if for sure Zofran was administered during the first three months of pregnancy and subsequently the baby was born with birth abnormalities like cleft palate or cleft lip, Atrial Septal Defect (ASD), Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD), then you most likely qualify for payment. We encourage you to contact our Zofran advocates today for a no charge consultation.
About Our New York Zofran Lawyers
The alliance of attorneys filing Zofran lawsuits is represented by two firms in the state of New York. Both the firms of Markhoff & Mittman and Banville Law have lawyers that are approved to practice law in the state of New York. If you would like to speak with a New York law firm, please contact us.
Heart Abnormalities and Orofacial Cleft Info in New York
Cleft Palate foundation: http://www.cleftline.org/parents-individuals/publications/support/
Pediatric Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies Center: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/childrens-hospital/craniofacial.aspx
Pediatric Congenital Heart Association: http://conqueringchd.org/
New York State Health Department: https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/congenital_malformations/family.htm