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More Zofran Lawsuits Filed As MDL Confirmed

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Boston, MAOctober was a big month for plaintiffs involved in Zofran lawsuits. That’s because Zofran side effects claims have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation for pretrial proceedings. Because it’s still very early in the litigation process, it is likely that more Zofran side effects lawsuits could be filed in the coming months.

According to documents from the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, as of October 15, 2015, there were 15 lawsuits consolidated in MDL-2657 (In Re: Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation) before US District Judge F. Dennis Saylor. Lawsuits are consolidated for pretrial proceedings when they have similar questions of fact, but the consolidation is not a comment on the merits of the individual lawsuits. Because the lawsuits were only consolidated in mid-October, there is still time for more lawsuits to be added to the multidistrict litigation.

Zofran is approved to treat nausea and vomiting linked to chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. It is often prescribed off-label to pregnant women to treat morning sickness. Lawsuits allege, however, that the use of Zofran during pregnancy can result in babies born with major birth defects, including heart and kidney defects. Plaintiffs say they were not adequately warned about the risk of using Zofran while pregnant, and that GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Zofran, misled the public about the safety of the drug.

Although it is not illegal for doctors to prescribe medications off-label, it is illegal for drug companies to market drugs for off-label uses. In 2012, GlaxoSmithKline agreed to pay more than $1 billion to settle allegations that it illegally marketed medications - including Zofran - for off-label use.

One Zofran lawsuit was recently brought against GlaxoSmithKline, by a woman who says her son was born with serious birth defects after being exposed to Zofran prior to birth. Among the birth defects the boy - referred to as B.H. - was born with were cleft palate, bilateral clubfeet, and respiratory distress syndrome. He has reportedly undergone two surgeries since he was born in 2007 to fix his defects.

The lawsuit also alleges that GlaxoSmithKline marketed Zofran off-label “as an established safe and effective treatment for the very common side effect of a normal pregnancy - pregnancy related nausea and vomiting - otherwise known as ‘morning sickness.’” The drugmaker allegedly did so despite not having undertaken any studies to prove Zofran’s safety or effectiveness in pregnant women.

The lawsuit is Jody Huffmaster v. GlaxoSmithKline, case number 2:15-cv-04399-SM-DEK, in the US District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana.

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READER COMMENTS

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Instead of using Zofran for nausea.....please try Ginger candy chews!!!! They are awesome....My husband had treatments for Cancer and was constantly nauseated. I bought him some Ginger Candy and he's no long sickly after treatments.....Try it, it works.

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I beg to differ about non pregnant women. My grandmother was given an injection for nausea and vomiting when she went into the hospital ER in 2003. They gave her an injection of zofran and she died they had to do CPR, etc to bring her back. So...you just never know.

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Zofran is good and efficient for non-pregnant women. It worked well for my wife.

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