Over the past several years many doctors have used Botox to treat spasticity in patients with cerebral palsy. Recently, however, children with CP have suffered severe side effects and even death as a result of this treatment.
In fact, as many of you recall the FDA ordered a “black Box” warning on Botox due to its off label use for the treatment on individuals with cerebral palsy.
In California last week the family of a child that was given Botox to treat her spasticity and allegedly died as a result filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. The lawsuit states that Kristen Spears’ respiratory system was weakened by the drug which lead to respiratory failure, pneumonia and ultimately her death.