Brazil investigates drug's possible link with birth defects

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 24 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:757
  1. 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 …

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