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BP Oil Spill Administrator Seeks Subpoena Rights Patrick Juneau, the claims administrator for the multibillion-dollar BP oil spill payouts has asked judges to allow him subpoena power to identify fraudulent claims. Currently, the power of subpoena is held by former FBI director Louis Freeh, who was appointed special master over the claims... #BPOilSpill http://bit.ly/1A036Jy
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By the year 2000, GSK was aware of 32 reported instances of #Zofran birth defects. As of today, over 200 cases are suspected.
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Heart Problems Associated with Zofran: Last week we discussed kidney problems associated with the use of the anti-nausea drug Zofran, but there are several types of #birthinjury your child can suffer due to the medication. A 2013 study conducted on children exposed to Zofran during the mother’s pregnancy found a two-fold increase in the risk of congenital heart defects. These studies included 900,000 babies, the largest research study conducted yet on Zofran’s effects on fetuses. Types of Heart Defect Associated with Zofran Use during the First Trimester Atrial Septal Defect: this condition is characterized by an opening in the tissue separating the upper-left and upper-right atria of the heart. This opening can cause long-term damage to the baby’s heart and could require surgery, in some cases multiple surgeries. Ventricular Septal Defect: Like the above condition, this condition involves a hole in the heart connecting the lower-left and lower-right chambers of the heart, known as... Read More » The post Heart Problems Associated with Zofran appeared first on Attorneys for Complex Litigation, Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy. http://www.farrellpatel.com/heart-problems-associated-with-zofran
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Australian Study Suggests Zofran Can Cause Kidney Defects: Zofran has been associated with birth defects in a series of different studies. Danish researchers found an increase in congenital heart defects in babies exposed to Zofran. A Swedish team corroborated the Danish study, and American researchers discovered that fetuses exposed to Zofran during the first trimester were 2.37 times more likely to be born with a cleft palate. These studies were widely publicized, but another study, conducted by Australian researchers, did not receive as much publicity. The study included roughly 97,000 pregnancies of which the majority did not involve Zofran exposure. In the small percentage of pregnancies where the mother took Zofran during the first trimester, researchers noticed that babies were seven times more likely to have obstructive defects of the renal pelvis and ureter. These kinds of abnormalities occur when the ureters, which transport urine from the kidneys to the bladder, are blocked. This can lead to infections... Read More » The post Australian Study Suggests Zofran Can Cause Kidney Defects appeared first on Attorneys for Complex Litigation, Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy. http://www.farrellpatel.com/australian-study-suggests-zofran-can-cause-kidney-defects
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FDA to Change Prescription Labeling Rules for Pregnancy Drugs: In just a couple months, the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) labeling rules for drug use during pregnancy will be enacted. The rule was published on December 3, 2014, and the administration hopes that the new content and formatting requirements for drug labeling will provide more consistent information about the risks and benefits of prescription drugs used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. The FDA states that pregnant women take an average of three to five prescription drugs throughout pregnancy. These drugs are currently labeled with product letter categories that classify the risks of using the drugs. The categories – A, B, C, D and X – will be phased out on June 30, 2015 and replaced with more detailed subsections that provide real-world contexts for drug use. The subsections are listed as follows: This subsection will describe dosing requirements and risks to developing fetuses. This subsection provides information on... Read More » The post FDA to Change Prescription Labeling Rules for Pregnancy Drugs appeared first on Attorneys for Complex Litigation, Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy. http://www.farrellpatel.com/fda-to-change-prescription-labeling-rules-for-pregnancy-drugs
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#Zofran’s manufacturer was ordered to pay $3 billion after pleading guilty to criminal and civil charges in June 2012.
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Alabama Family Joins National Zofran Lawsuits: As the public becomes more aware of the controversy surrounding the anti-nausea drug Zofran and its potential to cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women, lawsuits against the manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have been flooding in. Now joining plaintiffs from several other states is a family from Alabama, alleging that Zofran caused severe developmental defects in a boy born in 2006. The mother began taking Zofran during her pregnancy to treat her nausea and vomiting. In August the boy was born, and doctors realized that the boy had a high, narrow palate and extra digits. After a few weeks, doctors diagnosed the boy with a distended kidney and ureteral disorder, and within several months he was also diagnosed with a seizure disorder. Now, he is a special needs child with no capacity for speech. Genetic testing of the boy and his family found no evidence of hereditary conditions that could... Read More » The post Alabama Family Joins National Zofran Lawsuits appeared first on Attorneys for Complex Litigation, Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy. http://www.farrellpatel.com/alabama-family-joins-national-zofran-lawsuits
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Texas, Massachusetts Plaintiffs Join Zofran Lawsuits: Zofran, GlaxoSmithKline’s anti-nausea drug, has been associated with serious birth defects in babies when used during the first trimester of pregnancy to treat morning sickness. Lawsuits against the company continue to pile up – on April 17, a Massachusetts woman joined the fight against the pharmaceutical company after she was forced to terminate a pregnancy due to severe fetal defects associated with Zofran use. Another lawsuit, this one out of east Texas, asserts that a Zofran prescription during the first trimester of pregnancy led to the development of several congenital abnormalities in a child, including a heart murmur, fluid on the brain, thickened arteries and several developmental delays. Zofran has never been approved to treat morning sickness symptoms. Many of the lawsuits filed against the company assert that GSK was fully aware of the ability of Zofran to cross the placental barrier in pregnant women. Despite this knowledge, the company... Read More » The post Texas, Massachusetts Plaintiffs Join Zofran Lawsuits appeared first on Attorneys for Complex Litigation, Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy. http://www.farrellpatel.com/texas-massachusetts-plaintiffs-join-zofran-lawsuits
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Fifth Anniversary of BP Oil Spill Passes, and Effects Still Linger: Five years ago last week, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and spilling over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean over the course of 87 days. The Gulf Coast still has not recovered – though most of the oil that covered the ocean has dissipated, tar balls and tar mats still wash up on beaches as a grim reminder of the tragedy. Yields from fishing spots have decreased significantly, and wildlife like dolphins and turtles suffer physical abnormalities like tumors due to the effects of the spill. Effects of the BP Oil Spill Still Haunt the Gulf Coast The prospects of Gulf recovery are now more optimistic than they were at the time of the spill, but given that the BP oil spill was the largest in history, there is little to compare it to in terms of expected recovery rate. Marine scientists note... Read More » The post Fifth Anniversary of BP Oil Spill Passes, and Effects Still Linger appeared first on Attorneys for Complex Litigation, Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy. http://www.farrellpatel.com/fifth-anniversary-of-bp-oil-spill-passes-and-effects-still-linger
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Did you know? The study of 900,000 Danish women in an August 2013 review found a two-fold increased risk of cardiac malformations in infants with Zofran.
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