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US abortion pills approved for sale in pharmacies for the first time

US abortion pills approved for sale in pharmacies for the first time

For the first time, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an abortion pill for sale in pharmacies.

Publish Date: 04/01/23 12:00
reading time: 2 min.
US abortion pills approved for sale in pharmacies for the first time
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It is reported that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the sale of an abortion pill in pharmacies for the first time. Demand for abortion pills started to increase after the Supreme Court in the USA annulled the decision that guaranteed the right to abortion last year.

A two-stage drug therapy is commonly used to terminate the pregnancy.

The drug, called mifepristone, will be available for sale in states where abortion is legal across the US, the FDA announced on Tuesday.

Two American companies that produce the drug, Danco Laboratories and GenBioPro, confirmed the agency's decision in separate statements.

The pill is the first of two drugs used to terminate pregnancy early and will continue to be sold by prescription.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working in the field of sexual health rights in the United States (USA), more than half of abortion practices in the country use pills instead of surgery.

The decision was described as an "important step" forward by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Mifepristone is taken in combination with a second drug called misoprostol in a two-stage abortion at weeks 10 to 12 of pregnancy. Misoprostol, which is widely used in abortion practice, is an easily available drug from pharmacies with a prescription.

In the US, pharmacies can apply for certification to sell mifepristone, but legal discussions about abortion may raise the question of whether pharmacies can sell the pill.

There are more than a dozen states in the US where abortion is prohibited. Women living in these states will likely need to travel to other states to have a drug abortion.

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