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Posted by Sandy on Aug 4, 2015

Birth Defects Caused by Zofran

Being pregnant can be one of the most beautiful times in a woman’s life, accompanied by the joy of bringing a new child into the world. Unfortunately, pregnancy can also bring some unwanted side effects which include morning sickness. Originally intended for use in cancer patients suffering from nausea and vomiting, the prescription Zofran soon expanded and began marketing it to pregnant women who suffered from this severe morning sickness. This was despite the shocking fact that the drug was never approved for use in pregnant women. Sadly, pregnant women taking the drugs began noticing devastating birth defects in their children and the link between Zofran and life-long birth defects began being studied.

Three major birth defects were shown to be linked to the use of Zofran, one of the most common being a cleft lip. This birth defect develops between the fourth and seventh weeks of development, when the lips begin and finish forming. According to the website of Williams Kherkher, when the fetus is exposed to Zofran, the tissue that forms the lip may not fully form causing a small opening in the upper lip, known as a cleft lip. Further, Zofran has also been shown to double the chances of a cleft palate in pregnant women. Similar to a cleft lip, when the tissue that forms the palate does not fully form, an unborn fetus can be left with one or more sections of the palate that are not fully formed. However, the effects of Zofran can stretch beyond a cleft lip or palate. Zofran can even cause congenital heart defects when the blood or heart vessels do not develop normally in a fetus.

Even after the link between Zofran and birth defects were shown, not only had many pregnant women suffered from severe birth defects in their child, but were left with life-changing emotional turmoil and medical bills. The negligence of the company behind Zofran was ultimately responsible for these medical conditions, making action against them often a reasonable and necessary option.

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