Zofran Lawsuits for Kidney Defects
When patients discover that they may be victims of malpractice or a defective medical product, critics immediately assume that they did not read the warning labels. Some may claim they we live in a 'microwave' society that desires instant gratification without considering the risks (or defects). Regardless of whether a patient knew about the potential risks or not, when a drug is found defective, the makers of that drug should take the blame -- not the patient.
As far as Zofran lawsuits for kidney defects are concerned, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) should be held liable for the defects that their drug has caused. GSK is known as the official manufacturers of Zofran.What is a Zofran Kidney Defect?
Zofran, the anti-nausea drug, is the central cause of birth defects in mothers who have consumed the drug during pregnancy. The kidney defect hinders its primary function of the organs - producing urine and filtering wastes from the blood.Birth Defect Studies (Zofran)
In February 2016, Boston University researchers discovered that Zofran may be connected to kidney defects in babies. They discovered that women who took the prescription drug Zofran were 2.3 times more likely to deliver their babies with (renal agenesis) renal atresia. In other words, babies were born either with both kidneys missing or one kidney.
The BU research study wasn't the first Zofran birth defect study. Back in June of 2014, the Toronto Star reported that Zofran is dangerous to expecting mothers. A Canadian study was conducted and researchers discovered that 20 Canadian women who took Zofran gave birth to babies with congenital defects. During this study, researchers found that there was 6 cases where the birth defect was determined as ‘fetal growth restriction’. Researchers also found babies with congenital kidney defects and 4 babies weighed 4.5 lbs or less.
The Zofran kidney defects just mentioned barely scratch the surface. There are several common kidney birth defects, ranging from Ectopia (kidneys that form into an abnormal position) to Polycystic Kidney Disease (kidney cysts). Here are a few more known defects that newborn babies have suffered from.
- Kidneys developed in the wrong position. (Malrotation)
- Cyst dilation in either both kidneys or one (Medullary Sponge Kidney).
- Kidneys are joined together (Horseshoe Kidney)
- Both kidneys or one kidney is too large (Fetal Hydronephrosis).
- Kidneys are unable to control the body’s acid levels (Renal Tubular Acidosis).
- Both or one kidneys are missing at birth. (Kidney Agenesis)
Here are a few known symptoms caused by kidney defects:
- Blood in urine
- Severe fatigue
- High fever
- Loss of appetite
- Excessive urination
- High blood pressure
Other symptoms may include swollen feet, ankles, face and eyes (Edema).
If you are a mother who has given birth to a baby with a kidney defect (or any birth defect), due to taking Zofran, you may be entitled to full compensation. However, you will need a good lawyer in Nashua, New Hampshire who is familiar with Zofran lawsuits for kidney defects.
When drug makers place a defective drug or a medical device onto the market and consumers get injured from using it, they should be held financially responsible.