If FDA approves a high concentration version of misoprostol (Cytotec) there may be an increased number of birth injuries; research shows that the new drug causes in increase in hyperstimulation.
A new study of the labor induction drug Pitocin (oxytocin) finds adverse effects in newborns.
Physicians ignored fetal distress and administered excessive Oxytocin, which caused hyperstimulation of the uterus and oxygen deprivation in the baby. The physicians also improperly used vacuum extractors and failed to quickly deliver the baby, resulting in further oxygen deprivation. The baby suffered permanent brain damage and was later diagnosed with PVL and cerebral palsy.
Oxytocin continues to be used regularly during labor and delivery despite correlation between its use and brain damage in babies.
During labor, the body secretes a natural hormone called oxytocin. It causes uterine contractions necessary for delivery. Sometimes, however, labor does not begin naturally or does not progress adequately and a synthetic form of oxytocin (also called Pitocin) may be administered. Despite it’s frequent use, there are some safety concerns.