JPML Consolidates Birth Defect Suits Over GSK's Zofran

By Steven Trader (October 13, 2015, 9:41 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Tuesday consolidated in Massachusetts district court a number of lawsuits alleging GlaxoSmithKline's "off label" promotion of its anti-nausea drug Zofran for morning sickness led to birth defects, saying five similar actions are pending in the court already, including the first-filed complaint.

The MDL panel found that 12 lawsuits, some of which are proposed class actions, warranted consolidation as they all involved common allegations that GlaxoSmithKline's Zofran and its generic equivalent, Ondansetron, a prescription medication for the treatment of nausea, causes birth birth defects in children when their mothers ingest the drug while pregnant....

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