A pregnant woman who was experiencing severe morning sickness was given high doses of Zofran until doctors discovered she was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (severe morning sickness). Laura Lifshitz was given the highest dose of Zofran, including having the drug administered subcutaneously through a catheter placed in her thigh or stomach, until she was admitted to the hospital with the severe form of nausea and vomiting.
Zofran is a drug used to treat nausea in patients who have just had surgery or are undergoing treatment for cancer. Many doctors also prescribe the drug to treat morning sickness, though recent studies have found that taking Zofran during pregnancy may lead to an increased risk of severe birth defects.
In 2012, drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline settled a lawsuit levied by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that the company illegally promoted Zofran for use in pregnant women. Several patients are now filing Zofran lawsuits alleging that their child was born with birth defects after using the drug to treat morning sickness.