Zofran May Cause Serious Birth Defects

Did you take the medication Zofran or ondansetron during pregnancy? Was your child born with birth defects? You may be entitled to compensation from the drug's manufacturer. Please speak with one of our lawyers today so we can evaluate your case.

At Strong Law Offices, we work to protect the rights of people injured by the negligence of pharmaceutical companies. We are dedicated to holding drug manufacturers accountable for the damage and pain they cause. Founding attorney Todd Strong has been fighting large corporations on behalf of clients for more than 15 years. You can rely on our experience and zealous representation throughout your case.

The Dangers of Zofran/Ondansetron

Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, Zofran, also referred to by its generic name ondansetron, is approved to treat nausea and vomiting for people undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. The drug is also used to treat surgical patients experiencing side effects from pain medication.

Zofran was also marketed for the off-label use of treating nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not approve Zofran for this use.

A number of studies have found that Zofran is not safe for fetuses. A 2013 study from Denmark shows a two-fold increased risk of heart defects. According to a 2012 article cited by the U.S. National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health, "Based on the data available today, ondansetron use cannot be assumed to be safe during pregnancy."

Many people now believe taking Zofran during the first trimester of pregnancy increases the risk of serious birth defects. These birth defects may include:

  • Cleft lip and cleft palate

  • Heart defects

  • Club foot

  • Skull malformations


In addition to birth defects, Zofran has been associated with a dangerous heart problem in adults. In 2011, the FDA issued a safety warning regarding Zofran and a potentially life-threatening heart rhythm abnormality in adults.

Talk to an attorney about serious birth defects or side effects you have experienced from taking Zofran.

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