While more than 200 families have now filed Zofran lawsuits against GlaxoSmithKline, few – if any – have spoken openly about their challenging situation. That changed recently, with an article published by a Fox News affiliate based in Alabama. In the write-up, reporter Lydia Hu spoke to Jon and Clara Rickman, parents from Birmingham, who say a first-trimester prescription of Zofran caused their son’s heart defects.
“I Don’t Want Other Mothers To Go Through What I’ve Been Through”
The Rickmans, who filed a lawsuit against GSK on October 27, 2015, believe that, by speaking out to the press, “they can prevent a similar fate for others.” Zofran is currently the world’s leading morning sickness drug – but that’s an off-label use, one for which the medication has never been approved.
Clara took a generic version of Zofran’s active ingredient, ondansetron, but believes that GlaxoSmithKline should be held accountable, since the company still controls the wording of Zofran’s warning label. Neither that label, nor her own OB/GYN, ever warned Clara that Zofran’s effects had never been tested in pregnant women, the mother claims. Her child, born in 2015, was quickly diagnosed with multiple congenital heart defects, including atrial septal defect. The condition, marked by a hole in heart walls, has been linked to Zofran exposure by at least 2 major European studies. Clara thinks she should have been warned of the link much earlier – before she began taking the drug.
The Rickmans say their son has undergone 3 surgeries already, the first came at only five days old. Today, Clara’s reminded of her choice, or lack thereof, every time she looks at her son. She told Hu: “every day, you see his scar. And I can’t never fix it and I think it’s my fault […] I don’t want other mothers to go through what I’ve been through. And I don’t want them to feel guilty for the rest of their life, like I do.”
Birth Defect Lawsuits Still Possible
Attorneys at Monheit Law, who have spoken to hundreds of families considering their own Zofran lawsuits, say the Rickmans are some of the only Plaintiffs to speak publicly about their experiences.
Parents continue to file lawsuits, which have been centralized in the US District Court of Massachusetts. Monheit Law’s experienced lawyers offer a free consultation to any and all families hoping to learn more about their own legal options. For more information, call (877) 620-8411.