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National Right to Life Releases White Paper: Questions & Answers: FDA’s Latest Decision to Allow Pharmacies to Stock and Sell the Abortion Pill Mifepristone

Mar 2, 2023 | 2023 Press Releases, Press Releases, Press Room

Paper Answers Common Questions Regarding FDA Decision

WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Thursday, March 2, National Right to Life released a white paper in a question-and-answer format addressing common concerns regarding the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to update labeling for mifepristone (generic for Mifeprex) that would allow pharmacies to dispense the drug.

“More than two dozen deaths and thousands of complications are associated with the use of the mifepristone/misoprostol chemical abortion method,” said Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D., director of education and research for National Right to Life and author of the white paper. “With these safety concerns, it is not surprising that questions have arisen regarding the FDA’s decision to allow pharmacies to dispense the abortion drug combination.”

O’Bannon continued, “Thousands of ‘adverse events,’ on record with the FDA include serious infections, severe hemorrhaging, and the rupture of previously undiscovered ectopic pregnancies.”

Mifepristone is used in combination with misoprostol, a prostaglandin, to cause an abortion. Mifepristone blocks progesterone, leading to the death of the unborn baby, while the second drug, misoprostol, causes powerful, painful uterine contractions to expel the dead or dying baby.

The FDA’s revised Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for Mifeprex would require that the drug only be dispensed by pharmacies that have completed certification and only those pharmacies, once certified, could dispense the drug prescribed by certified prescribers who have pledged to follow FDA guidelines regarding the screening and counseling of patients to ensure they know the risks and dangers.

Questions & Answers: FDA’s Latest Decision to Allow Pharmacies to Stock and Sell the Abortion Pill Mifepristone can be accessed here.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of affiliates in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.