GSK Loses Bid To End 53 Zofran Birth Defects Cases

By Chris Villani (October 24, 2019, 5:44 PM EDT) -- GlaxoSmithKline has largely lost its bid to end 58 cases in a consolidated suit claiming its anti-nausea medication Zofran caused birth defects when taken by pregnant women, as a Massachusetts federal judge said enough conflicting evidence remains to keep 53 of the suits alive.

U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV late Wednesday approved GSK's motion for summary judgment on only five cases — all of which were unopposed — allowing the 53 suits to proceed.

The drugmaker argued there was a lack of general causation evidence to show Zofran caused any injuries aside from heart defects and isolated cleft palate, which is...

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