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Can hospitals be held liable for birth injuries from Pitocin or Cytotec?

Yes. Hospitals have a duty to ensure patient safety and prevent foreseeable injuries.  When labor drugs such as Pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) and Cytotec (misoprostol) are used improperly, or the baby and mother are not properly monitored during their use, the baby can become extremely oxygen-deprived and develop permanent brain damage, such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), cerebral palsy (CP),…

Can labor drugs such as Pitocin and Cytotec cause birth injuries?

Yes. It is common for physicians to use high alert and off-label medications to induce or speed up labor.  Sometimes the use of these drugs results in catastrophic consequences for the baby.  Physicians must follow standards of care, and they have a duty to their patients.  Hospitals also have a duty to ensure patient safety…

Can labor drugs such as Pitocin and Cytotec cause hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)?

Pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) and Cytotec (synthetic prostaglandin) are used to speed up the process of labor. Both of these drugs can cause a condition called uterine hyperstimulation (alternative terms include tachysystole and hypertonus).  Hyperstimulation occurs when these drugs cause contractions to be too frequent, strong, or long-lasting.  When the placenta and uterus are under continuous…