May 26th, 2016|
It’s important for expecting mothers to get the nutrients their bodies need for a healthy pregnancy. But for more than half of all pregnant women, nausea and morning sickness can make eating and drinking tough.
Luckily, medications are available that can help ward off uneasy and unsettled stomachs for pregnant women. However, the Birmingham drug injury lawyers at Cory Watson Attorneys explain women should be aware some of these drugs have been linked to causing serious harm to unborn children.
Zofran® is an anti-nausea medication that was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat nausea in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The company that manufactures the drug, GlaxoSmithKline, soon began pushing Zofran® towards women suffering morning sickness. Once the marketing campaign was launched, it didn’t take long for reports to surface of children being born with birth defects to mothers who took the drug.
Many of those who were affected by the medication went on to file a Zofran® birth injury lawsuit. Now, GlaxoSmithKline is facing as many as 193 such cases and a majority of those complaints are currently being consolidated into multidistrict litigation.
Despite studies and legal action linking Zofran® to certain birth defects in children, little has been done by the FDA to prevent the medication from being prescribed to pregnant women.
This lack of action is why pregnant women need to be aware of their legal rights regarding the medications they take before, during, and after giving birth. You can learn more about how these rights apply to you by visiting our website.