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FDA Allowing Pharmacies to Dispense Abortion Pill

FDA Allowing Pharmacies to Dispense Abortion Pill

A few catches, though.

The FDA will allow retail pharmacies to sell abortion pills over the counter if they agree to certain rules.

From The New York Times:

Until now, mifepristone — the first pill used in the two-drug medication abortion regimen — could be dispensed only by a few mail-order pharmacies or by specially certified doctors or clinics. Under the new F.D.A. rules, patients will still need a prescription from a certified health care provider, but any pharmacy that agrees to accept those prescriptions and abide by certain other criteria can dispense the pills in its stores and by mail order.

The change comes as abortion pills, already used in more than half of pregnancy terminations in the U.S., are becoming even more sought after in the aftermath of last year’s Supreme Court decision overturning the federal right to abortion. With conservative states banning or sharply restricting abortion, the pills have increasingly become the focus of political and legal battles, which may influence a pharmacy’s decision about whether or not to dispense the medication.

The FDA listed the rules:

  • Mifepristone must be prescribed by a health care provider that meets certain qualifications and is certified under the Mifepristone REMS Program.
  • In order to become certified to prescribe mifepristone, health care providers must complete a Prescriber Agreement Form.
  • The Patient Agreement Form must be reviewed with and signed by the patient and the health care provider, and the risks of the mifepristone treatment regimen must be fully explained to the patient before mifepristone is prescribed.
  • The patient must be provided with a copy of the Patient Agreement Form and mifepristone Medication Guide (FDA-approved information for patients).
  • Mifepristone may only be dispensed by or under the supervision of a certified prescriber, or by a certified pharmacy on a prescription issued by a certified prescriber.
  • To become certified to dispense mifepristone, pharmacies must complete a Pharmacy Agreement Form.
  • Certified pharmacies must be able to ship mifepristone using a shipping service that provides tracking information.
  • Certified pharmacies must ensure mifepristone is dispensed to the patient in a timely manner.

The FDA authorizes people to take mifepristone during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. Some people give it to females up to 12 or 13 weeks.

The pharmacies have to comply with states’ laws, too. That could affect availability in some states like Texas and Oklahoma.

A Tennessee law requires a female to have a physician with her “when abortion medication is administered.”

Indiana doesn’t allow chemical abortions after 10 weeks.

Texas doesn’t allow chemical abortions after seven weeks.

The FDA has never restricted misoprostol, the second drug in the cycle, “as tightly” as mifepristone. Doctors use misoprostol for other medical conditions.

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Comments

Maybe they can hand them out at Halloween too. Yeesh!

If it works, good.

    Up to six weeks, tolerable, maybe. Still, civilized society has compelling cause to discourage performance of human rites for social, redistributive, clinical, criminal, and fair weather causes.

Dolce Far Niente | January 4, 2023 at 6:59 pm

Here, take this.

All your bad decisions and foolish lifestyle choices will magically become free of consequence.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | January 4, 2023 at 7:14 pm

    So will the possible result of being pulled into an alley and gang-raped.

      Blue pilled

      Sorry for double post but as a woman that has been raped, your watching too many violent movies

      About 2.5 % of pregnancies are the result of gang raping. You can find statistics citing up to 5% but generally, probably prior to Obama violent crime, all crime has gone downward, by 10%.

      Of course, now that chaos amd illegals, gangs are running things

      It’s lock and load time

      Back to the pregnancy, I’ve taken care of women that got pregnant being raped, even incest, they kept their babies, I gave them all the credit in the world

      probably would have given mine up for adoption as young as I was….

      NOW, the “burden” of evidence can be summarily aborted, then sequestered in darkness, which will reduce [recorded] crime statistics.

      Dolce Far Niente in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | January 5, 2023 at 11:31 am

      You do realize this is NOT the morning after pill being discussed?

      This is a chemical abortifacient designed to be used in lieu of a surgical abortion.

    Blue pilled

    CommoChief in reply to Dolce Far Niente. | January 4, 2023 at 7:46 pm

    No question that’s the end state result. There are plenty of people who ignore the several dozen different forms of birth control, not to mention basic common sense, by choosing to engage in sexual activity with uncommitted sexual partners. For these folks it’s no more than a last ditch birth control to rescue them from consequences.

    Feminists demand, masculinists celebrate, and social progressives advocate: keep women affordable, available, and taxable, and the “burden” of evidence sequestered in darkness.

The name of the drug always reminds me of Mephistopheles.

Six weeks to baby… fetal-baby… people of pink meets granny in legal state if not in process.

“abortion pills over the counter”

“Over the counter” usually refers to drugs which do not require prescriptions. These pills would still require prescriptions.

    Otto Kringelein in reply to malclave. | January 6, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    Really? These pill once were required to be prescribed only by certain doctors after physically examining the woman and assuring they met certain requirements for using the abortion pills. But those requirements were pretty much abandoned during the pandemic and the FDA allowed “telehealth” exams for abortion drug prescriptions from any doctor willing to do it. So I highly doubt that there will be any barriers for any woman to get a mifepristone prescription.

RepublicanRJL | January 5, 2023 at 6:47 am

How long will it be before every Rhode Island school have a physician or nurse practitioner on staff to prescribe and dispense baby killing drug? Who wants to be Planned Parenthood will suggest possible hires for the task?

Where’s my OTC ivermectin?

FDA doesn’t have the authority to override state law in terms of what state-licensed pharmacies may dispense. If a state schedules a particular drug differently than the DEA/Feds, then state law applies. For example, Texas classified carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant (and combinations containing that medication) as “Schedule IV” with all the restrictions coming with that designation, before DEA did. So this FDA action doesn’t mean it can bypass individual dispensing or administration laws. Who knows what the Feds will do next to try to get around the Dobbs decision? I shudder to think.