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Homerton University Hospital
Minutes from the Board of Directors’ Meeting
Wednesday 27th January 2010

6.0 Chief Executive’s Report

Use of Misoprostol – media coverage

Ms Katrina Erskine, Consultant Obstetrician attended the meeting for this item. She provided the Board with a briefing regarding a case reported in the media of a baby death and the reference to the use of the drug Misoprostol in this case. She assured the Board that it had been demonstrated by the Coroner that the death was not associated with the use of Misoprostol but rather to the failure of a member of staff to adhere to strict protocols. The member of staff has now been dismissed. Miss Erskine then provided the Board with a summary of the drug’s use and the research associated with its use in maternity. The Board thanked Ms Erskine for her time and the information she had provided. The Board did not require any further action to be taken.


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