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Many medications and prescription drugs make people's lives better. Unfortunately, they can also cause serious harm. Whether it's due to a dangerous drug combination or mistakes made by pharmaceutical manufacturers, a dangerous drug lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone in Massachusetts or the Law Offices of Mark E. Salomone & Morelli in Connecticut can help you hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.

Many medications can cause severe injuries and life-threatening health problems.

When physicians prescribe medications and pharmaceutical companies manufacture them, they have a legal and moral responsibility to make sure that patients do not take anything that could injure them. Sadly, many companies put profits ahead of safety and rush such products to market. And many doctors carelessly prescribe such drugs without carefully considering harmful side effects.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by a dangerous drug, it's critical that you take immediate legal action to protect your rights. Otherwise, you could forfeit your right to obtain compensation for medical bills, lost income and other expenses associated with your injury. This is especially important if you sustained a permanent injury or a loved one died due to taking dangerous drugs.

What are common dangerous drugs?

Any prescription drug or over-the-counter medication can potentially be dangerous. But certain drugs can be more dangerous than others. Many of the most common medications that cause dangerous side effects that we deal with include:

Zofran

Zofran and the generic version are prescribed to treat morning sickness, but the anti-nausea medication has been linked to the following birth defects when used by pregnant women during the first trimester:

  • Congenital heart defects (CHD)
  • Hole in heart
  • Cleft lip / cleft palate
  • Spina bifida
  • Limb deformities

In 1991, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Zofran to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and radiation. However, the FDA did not approve Zofran to treat morning sickness, but GlaxoSmithKline promoted off-label use of the drug. In 2012, the global pharmaceutical giant agreed to pay $3 billion to settle a variety of allegations, including that it was illegally promoting Zofran for non-approved use.

Zofran and birth defects

A study in 2012, published by the Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, found that women who used the drug ondansetron (Zofran or generic) during the first trimester of pregnancy experienced a two-fold increased risk of giving birth to a baby with birth defects.

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