In addition to evaluating new drug applications, the FDA also inspects drug manufacturing facilities.
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As the government’s oldest consumer protection agency, the FDA has long butted up against drugmakers, activists and politicians. But undermining its work could be harmful to patient health and safety.
Mifepristone is used together with another pill, misoprostol, in medication abortions.
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Mifepristone’s safety in medication abortions has been well established over more than two decades, but legal wrangling leaves the future of the drug hanging in the balance.
The legal battle over mifepristone could have far-reaching effects on reproductive health care.
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The Supreme Court’s ruling on mifepristone keeps the drug accessible for now, but its future is still in limbo.
The Supreme Court is the latest court to take up the question of regulating a medication used for abortions.
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Many people wonder how courts can rule in contradictory ways. But it happens relatively frequently.
Morning-after pills are most effective when taken within three days after sex.
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The increase in abortion restrictions may also lead to a decline in access to emergency contraceptives.
A goal of the Texas plaintiffs was to stop the practice of sending abortion medication by mail.
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If the ruling to reverse the use of mifepristone stands, it will not only severely restrict abortion access for women throughout the US – it will have far-reaching effects on health care.
Abortion rights demonstrators hold signs during a rally at the Texas Capitol in May 2022. The state has the most extreme anti-abortion laws in the U.S., and Mexican abortion referral services are now helping American women who require abortions.
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Mexico abortion referral networks are assisting American citizens and undocumented migrants seeking abortions. The model could provide inspiration for similar networks at the Canada-U.S. border.
A self-managed abortion is the termination of pregnancy outside the formal health care system, often with self-sourced abortion pills.
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The fall of Roe v. Wade will result in more people deciding to privately end a pregnancy, a new study finds. But how often people will turn to safe versus unsafe options remains to be seen.
When abortion care is restricted, demand for abortion pills goes up.
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Abortion pills are available online, and many of them are safe. But not all sites have been properly vetted for legitimacy.
The mifepristone pill is one option for medication abortion that can be purchased online and used at home.
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Three experts answer questions about the effectiveness, safety and side effects of medication abortion, using mifepristone followed by misoprostol.
Removing ultrasound and pelvic exam requirements for medication abortion could help expand access to care.
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During the pandemic, health care providers began prescribing abortion pills without requiring in-person exams. This practice could help people access the care they need when abortion rights are in limbo.
A key change in abortion care during the pandemic was that many providers offered some or all services via telemedicine.
Pandemic-related travel restrictions and facility closures initially jeopardized access to abortions, but the pandemic has also become a catalyst for more accessible ways to deliver abortion care.
Telemedical consultations can make abortion more accessible, more comfortable, and less expensive for users.
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Telemedical abortions are safe and ensure access for all those who may need treatment.
English and Welsh governments are consulting the public about whether they should revoke temporary abortion rules.
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Abortion has been a huge political issue in the US for the last 50 years. But the abortion debate is not new. It began at least a century before landmark abortions rights decision Roe v. Wade.
A medical abortion is induced with medication, while a surgical abortion is performed with instruments in a clinic or hospital operating theatre.
The medical abortion drug mifepristone has been available in Australian for the past 13 years but it’s still out of reach for many women who decide to terminate their pregnancy.
Some careful reasoning shows that comparing abortion with contract murder equates two acts that are far from obviously morally equivalent.
Abortion provision in the 21st century needs to be treated like any other medical procedure: without judgement
The Northern Irish party were horrified at the suggestion that Brexit might mean different customs rules. But when it comes to women’s rights, it’s a different story.