On March 5, 2015, the parents of “B.G.” filed a lawsuit through two law firms which included Ms. Elizabeth Graham, one of our legal team members here at ZofranLegal.com, against GlaxoSmithKline, alleging that their son’s severe heart birth defect was caused by Zofran, a drug that was prescribed to his mother for her severe morning sickness during her pregnancy with B.G. The lawsuit was filed in state court, specifically the Superior Court for the State of California in San Francisco County under case number: CGC-15-544524.
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Complaint Alleges Birth Defects Caused By Zofran
Plaintiff gave birth to her son B.G. in 2009 and was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as bicuspid aortic stenosis. The complaint states that claimant was prescribed Zofran (ondansetron) for morning sickness early in her pregnancy. They have no family history of birth defects and the complaint stated that they were unaware of any birth defect risks at the time they took Zofran. The mother claimed that had she known, she would not have taken Zofran and would have sought an alternative.
The family is seeking medical expenses for monitoring and future surgeries that B.G. will require to repair the aortic valve. They are also seeking damages for severe emotional distress that they have endured through the birth and early years of caring for their son.
Congenital Heart Defects: What Is Bicuspid Aortic Stenosis?
A Bicuspid Aortic Stenosis, abbreviated commonly as BAV (bicuspid aortic valve), is a congenital heart defect of the aortic valve where during formation of the heart in the first trimester, two of the aortic valvular leaflets fuse creating a bicuspid valve instead of a triscupid valve. The condition is typically diagnosed by listening for a heart murmur. Stenosis occurs when calcium accumulates around the leaflets causing them to stiffen. This requires the heart to work harder in order to pump blood out of the heart. A bad case can cause congestive heart failure. In some instances a BAV can appear as a heart murmur and not become fully diagnosed until adolescence.
Treatment for severe cases requires immediate heart surgery. For more information about Biscuspid Aortic Stenosis, visit the Cleveland Clinic.