Mom Sues over Zofran Heart Birth Defect

In Louisiana, Alexis Alexander is the latest to file a lawsuit against GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for birth defects caused by its drug Zofran (ondansetron). Her son was born with atrial septic defect, a hole in the heart, after she took Zofran for morning sickness during pregnancy. He has had two surgeries to correct the problem and may have to have more surgery in the future. If you took this dangerous drug during pregnancy and you child was born with birth defects you may be entitled to substantial compensation that can pay for your child’s medical care and other needs.

Atrial Septic Defect

Several studies have linked Zofran use in pregnancy to an increased risk of birth defects, including septal heart defects. Atrial septal heart defect (ASD) is a hole between the upper chambers of the heart. In some babies the hole will close on its own, if it was a small hole to begin with. When it does not close on its own it must be corrected surgically or it can cause long-term damage to the heart and lungs.

ASD can be corrected with open heart surgery in which the surgeons directly closes the hole by sewing it closed with sutures or, if the hole is larger, closes it with a patch. More often a transcatheter device is used. A long, thin tube is inserted in an artery in the groin and used to deliver the device to the heart where it closed the ASD.

If your child was born with atrial septal defect or another birth defect after you took Zofran in pregnancy, please contact an experienced defective drug attorney right away.