The FDA released a list of drugs that they consider to have the potential for serious risks or drugs that have new safety information identified by adverse events. Since when is a cytotec (misoprostol) rupture not serious enough in terms of risk or adverse event to warrant being placed on a FDA-issued alert?
GROSS OVERSIGHT . . . or perhaps it’s safe to say that this information is being suppressed by the medical machine?
For those of you who may not know, Cytotec is an ulcer medication that is misused to induce labor. Women know to ask for it; doctors know to prescribe it – it’s so easy. However, it can cause overstimulation of the uterus leading to emergent cesarean delivery, uterine rupture, hysterectomy, and even death (of baby and/or mother). It is absolutely NOT appropriate to use this drug on a pregnant or laboring woman.
Here are a couple of links for your to peruse:
- Info on Maddy Oden, whose daughter and granddaugher both died from cytotec induction
- A letter sent to the FDA in 2004 about the problems with cytotec for pregnant/laboring women
- FDA warning for pregnant women
- Warning for pregnant women and their care providers
I am not seeing this on a previous AERS list. If it is there, please do let me know via comments. Regardless, it should remain on this list until its use on pregnant women ceases.