Research shows the labor-inducing drug Pitocin, a formulation of the opiate painkiller oxytocin, might cause adverse effects in newborns.
What Is Pitocin and What Is It Prescribed For?
Pitocin is New Jersey-based JHP Pharmaceuticals’ brand name for an injectable version of the well-known painkilling drug oxytocin. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) first approved Pitocin in 1980 to stimulate uterine contractions before and during childbirth in women whose pregnancies were overdue or whose contractions during labor were too infrequent. Pitocin stimulates uterine contractions by increasing an enzyme that influences the protein actomyosin, which is necessary for contractions to occur.
Pitocin Might Cause Adverse Effects in Newborns
In May 2013, a group of researchers at the Annual Clinical Meeting of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists presented research purporting to show that Pitocin used during labor can cause adverse effects in newborns. Symptoms include:
- Increased likelihood of unexpected admission to a natal intensive-care unit (NICU) lasting more than 24 hours for full-term infants
- Low Apgar scores at five minutes after birth – an Apgar score measures a newborn’s health based on observing its appearance, pulse, reflex, activity, and respiration
The researchers analyzed more than 3,000 deliveries between 2009 and 2011 from the Adverse Outcome Index, which tracks obstetric illness and death rates. Although the FDA has not discussed Pitocin’s effects on newborns, the researchers recommended further study on the topic.
RLG’s Pitocin Lawyers Will Make Things Easier
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers at the Rottenstein Law Group believe that obtaining legal satisfaction from those who harmed you shouldn’t require more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process, and we will file a Pitocin lawsuit on your behalf if necessary. RLG will also keep you up to date on any Pitocin class action lawsuits, FDA Pitocin warnings, and Pitocin FDA recall announcements. If you believe your child was injured by Pitocin, contact RLG today.