Brazil investigates drug's possible link with birth defectsBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6957.757a (Published 24 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:757
- J Rocha
Brazilian doctors are investigating the possible link between unsuccessful attempts to abort using misoprostol and the birth of children with various forms of disability. The drug, a synthetic analogue of prostaglandin, was launched in Brazil in 1986 under the name Cytotec to treat gastric ulcers but it can also be an efficient abortifacient.
Abortion is a criminal offence in Brazil, although at least one and a half million abortions are believed to take place each year. This means that pregnant women …