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Timeo is a heavily disabled boy who was born lifeless in 2010 after his mother's uterus ruptured, due to misoprostol use. Timeo's parents have asked for financial compensation and have just received acknowledgment of Timeo's faulty damage.
The association was received last april 29th by the ANSM (national agency for drug safety) which confirmed that misoprostol should not be used for induction, and that the arguments used by obstetricians were unacceptable. It was also admitted that the accidents due to the use of misoprostol were not always declared by obstetricians.
The alert of the french national agency for drug safety (ANSM) raised the attention of many newspapers in France. Numerous articles were published in papers and over internet. The Timeo's family was interviewed twice by a TV team and a TV broadcast about cytotec is forecast for october.
Recently, in May 2013, The French Minister of Health answered the association by a letter to Timeo et les Autres, declaring that misoprostol should not be used to induce labour and pointed out that ANSM (national agency for drug safety) had taken action in order to set limits to the off-label use of cytotec...
Early 2013, the association Timeo et les autres has launched a petition to demand for an official ban of misoprostol in birth induction, as well as a wide investigation into French maternity wards. So far, it was signed by more than 600 persons.
A google map of the worldwide use of cytotec is now online. Don't hesitate to provide us new testimonies of induction by cytotec.
We also translated our interactive presentation about the induction of labour with cytotec:
Before accepting an induction of labour for your childbirth, you may demand a full information about: « This medication can cause strong uterine contractions with risk of miscarriage » What is Cytotec? What relationship with childbirth? Synthetic oxytocin (Pitocin) E2 prostaglandins (dinoprostone) What are the other drugs to induce Labour? Molecule: Misoprostol Antiulcer, class E1 synthetic prostaglandin Indicated for the treatment of gastric ulcer On the market since 1985 This side effect has led some gynecologists to use cytotec to induce abortions and then to induce labor on living children. The drug insert says: « Administration to women who are pregnant can cause birth defects, abortion, or premature birth. Uterine rupture has been reported [...] beyond the eighth week of pregnancy. » Oxytocin infusion Cervidil Prostin E2 Propess Why some obgyn prefer Cytotec to other medications? Can you legally use an off-label drug*? Yes, but... Excessive uterine activity leading to : Dinoprostone (Cervical rippening) (on mature cervix) Thank you for your attention! http://timeo-asso.fr http://bebecyto.org Find us on: @bbcyto Despite the lack of Marketing Authorization for obstetrical use Whereas several official organizations recommend not to use cytotec outside of clinical trials In the absence of medical consensus with scientific evidence-based prescriptions in the absence of alternative drugs, with the free and informed consent of the patient, with high-risk forensics the reason of the induction, the methods used, the benefit/risk ratio. that has not been tested in the state of the art? whose danger is highlighted by many studies? which no one can control the risks? which has already caused many tragedies? which is not recommended by health authorities? just to save some time and money? What are the risks of Cytotec? Fetal distress (=emergency) Post partum haemorrhagia Uterine rupture Baby disabilities (because of birth asphyxia) Amniotic fluid embolisms Death of the mother or baby * Cytotec is an anti-ulcer misused to induce labour in childbirth. The laboratory reports that the drug has not received approval for its use in obstetrics. 93€ 62€ $100 2,78€ 40€ Prepidil Very cheap Easier storage More efficient (faster delivery) Reduces the need for oxytocin 0,32€ the pill hundred times cheaper than PGE2 UK study calculated that inducing systematically with cytotec could save £3.9 millions per year! Often Rare Very rare The significant disadvantages of Cytotec Difficult to dose precisely (25µg = 1/8th of pill!) Unpredictable uterus reaction (Russian roulette effect) Very long half-life of the molecule (90min by oral route, 253min by vaginal route) Its safety has not been adequately evaluated (Off-label* use) The effect of Cytotec can not be stopped in case of problems Inducing Labour with a drug... Uh! No! Thanks! [PGE2] but at what cost? *off-label=without Markinting Authorization *off-label=without marketing authorization Do not forget to sign the petition calling for a ban of cytotec Petition Misoprostol definition May vary from one country to another
To be continued...