Since mid-October, lawsuits against GSK have been centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2657) in federal court in Massachusetts.
Dozens of new lawsuits were filed in Massachusetts and Alabama just last week. One plaintiff, Deana Brown, blames Zofran for causing her daughter to be born with amniotic band constriction and clubfoot.
Brown filed her lawsuit in federal court in Idaho. Her attorneys accuse GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) of “using expectant mothers and their unborn children as human guinea pigs,” the The Daily Beast reports.
As part of a $3 billion settlement with the Justice Department in 2012, GSK admitted “knowingly” marketing Zofran for pregnancy-induced nausea when it was only approved for chemotherapy patients.
The lawsuit also accuses GSK of paying kickbacks to doctors who prescribed Zofran, citing marketing slogans like “Profit Maximization – It’s in the Bag.” The practice began in the 1990s and didn’t end until the Justice Department started investigating in the early 2000s.