Cytotec (Misoprostol) Misuse

Albany, Troy, Schenectady, Saratoga Misoprostol Side Effect Birth Injury Lawyers

The drug misoprostol — distributed under the brand name Cytotec — is widely used to induce labor despite known risks of uterine rupture, hemorrhage, amniotic fluid embolism and other serious consequences. Doctors who misuse Cytotec in this way deserve to be held accountable.

At the Albany-based law firm of the Law Offices of Sanford Rosenblum, P.C., our experienced New York Cytotec side effect attorneys help parents throughout Upstate New York pursue compensation for birth injuries and material injuries caused by misoprostol misuse.

Holding Doctors Accountable for Reckless Behavior

Cytotec was developed exclusively to treat gastric ulcers. Many doctors, however, have used it to ripen the cervix and promote labor induction. The manufacturer of the drug, Searle, and the FDA have warned doctors against this off-label misuse.

Many doctors increase the risks associated with Cytotec by vaginally administering pills that have been manually broken up into pieces. This is particularly dangerous because the precise dosage of the drug that mothers end up absorbing cannot be controlled.

Cytotec misuse can cause uterine hyperstimulation (tachysystole), maternal hemorrhaging, uterine rupture, and placental abruption. In the mother, some of these complications may necessitate a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).

The baby risks developing forms of brain damage such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and intracranial hemorrhage leading to cerebral palsy and intellectual disability. In some cases, the mother and/or baby may die as the result of Cytotec misuse.

Investigating Your Case to Determine Whether Cytotec Was a Factor

Our firm is exclusively focused on handling complex cases requiring extensive attention from experienced attorneys and credible medical experts. Our attorneys are experienced at holding obstetricians accountable for Cytotec misuse and other types of medical malpractice.

If you, your child or your spouse has been injured in childbirth and you believe that the doctor administered misoprostol, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation to discuss your options. You will not pay any fees or expenses unless we help you obtain compensation.