Class-action lawsuit in Canada about Zofran morning sickness drug use in pregnancy

Woman, whose daughter died at 14 months, sues GSK over drug she took while pregnant

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Woman, whose daughter died at 14 months, sues GSK and Novartis over Zofran drug she took while pregnant.

Nov 27, 2015 – CALGARY – The makers of an anti-nausea drug prescribed to pregnant women for morning sickness are being sued for $11-million by an Alberta woman whose daughter died 10 years ago.

In 2012, the US Department of Justice announced that GlaxoSmithKline, maker of Zofran, would pay more than $1 billion to settle claims that it illegally marketed Zofran and other medications for off-label, unapproved uses. Specifically, GlaxoSmithKline allegedly “promoted certain forms of Zofran, approved only for post-operative nausea, for the treatment of morning sickness in pregnant women.” Although doctors are free to prescribe Zofran for off-label use, it is illegal for a drug company to market its medications for unapproved uses.

Sources and more information

  • Woman, whose daughter died at 14 months, sues GSK over drug she took while pregnant, cnews, Nov 27, 2015.
  • Zofran Birth Defects, lawyersandsettlements, Feb-3-15.