Zofran (ondansetron) Studies
Several studies have discovered a link between Zofran use during pregnancy and several different types of birth defects, some of which can be severe, endangering the life of the child and/or the mother during pregnancy or birth.
NCBI Zofran (ondansetron) Study
A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that taking Zofran during pregnancy could double the chances of a baby being born with a cleft palate.
More Ondansetron Studies
Another study found evidence that Zofran can cause issues with the development of an infant’s heart. Life threatening complications can occur during pregnancy, birth, or the duration of the child’s life as a result of these heart-growth defects. Some heart defects can result in premature death.
Furthermore, at least one study showed a doubling in the risk of a major birth defect, premature birth or shorter birth length related to the use of ondanestron (the common name for Zofran). Yet another study found data to suggest an increased risk of congenital heart malformation if an infant was exposed to Zofran during the first trimester of pregnancy.
What is Ondansetron?
Ondansetron (the common name for Zofran) is a prescription drug developed to treat symptoms of nausea in cancer patients as a result of surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. However, Zofran has been prescribed by some physicians to treat nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. As these studies suggest, Zofran (ondansetron) may have caused potentially severe birth defects in their children, possibly endangering or permanently debilitating the life of the child.
File a Lawsuit
If you’ve taken Zofran during pregnancy and your child was born with birth defects including malformations of the mouth (cleft lip or palate), heart defects, skeletal issues, heart murmurs, jaundice or other similar side effects relating to the developmental health of an infant, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit. For information about whether you may have a case, contact the attorneys at Hissey Kientz, LLP by filling out the contact form on this page.