Cytotec For Labor Induction – New online Petition to the FDA

Please consider signing this petition to the FDA
“The FDA has an even more important role in play than it would bear if the U.S. were a country with reliable data on maternal mortality and morbidity or with mandatory mortality and morbidity reporting. The Centers for Disease Control itself says that its data on maternal mortality are “grossly underreported.””
Please remember this when someone starts spewing that America has the lowest maternal morbidity rate in the world!
Quote from the petition…
“Serious adverse events reported following off-label use of Cytotec in pregnant women include maternal or fetal death, uterine hyper-stimulation, rupture or perforation requiring uterine surgical repair, hysterectomy or salpingo-oophorectomy, amniotic fluid embolism, severe vaginal bleeding, retained placenta, shock, fetal bradycardia and pelvic pain.
On May 31, 2002, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced that the FDA had announced on April 17, 2002, a revision in the drug labeling of Pharmacia’s drug, Cytotec. The label change acknowledged the widespread off-label use of Cytotec by obstetricians for cervical ripening to induce labor and “removed the previous contraindication for use in pregnant women for this purpose. “
We ask that the original labeling be restored and that the FDA make publicly known the adverse event reports that have been associated with this drug. People all across this great country assume that is what the FDA is for. You are supposed to be the early warning system and protect the public from unwarranted use of dangerous drugs. If the manufacturer itself warns of death as a possibility for both mother and child, the FDA should make this known.”
Because Cytotec is often administered without the pregnant mother being completely aware of the risks, this is yet another reason to give birth at home!
Jenny Hatch

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