Cytotec Petition

Cytotec (misoprostol): A drug for gastric ulcer misused by some obgyns to induce labour at low cost.

  • The cytotec is used off-label (no Marketing Authorization) to induce labour on living children.
  • Severe accidents were reported worldwide.
  • The petition is aimed to the French Ministry of Health


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The recommanded drugs to induce labour are oxytocin (infusion) and dinoprostone (tablet, vaginal insert or gel).

In the 1990's, it was discovered that the cytotec (misoprostol molecule), a drug against gastric ulcers, could cause miscarriages in pregnant women. Hence the idea of using it... to induce labour at a cost hundred of times less than conventional methods despite rare but dramatic accidents (uterine rupture, hemorrhage, amniotic fluid embolism, death, etc.)

In the USA, the Searle company published in 2000 a warning against the misuse of cytotec.

FDA issued a warning in 2005 about the dangers of the off-label use of cytotec and added to the drug insert: « A major adverse effect of the obstetrical use of Cytotec is the hyperstimulation of the uterus, which may progress to uterine tetany […], uterine rupture […] or amniotic fluid embolism. […] fetal and maternel death have been reported. »

Women victims of these abusive inductions never receive any information about the off-label use of cytotec in obstetrics nor about alternative drugs and risks.

It is urgent to stop the misuse of cytotec in induction of pregnancy at term.
Economic considerations should never take precedence over the safety of mothers and their babies.


In order to stop this scandale, we demand:

A official ban of cytotec (misoprostol) for the induction of labour at term on living children.

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Petition for a ban of Cytotec (paper version to print)