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FDA Eases Restrictions on Abortion Medication

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is making it easier for women to obtain a medication that induces abortion. Under changes announced Wednesday by the agency, women in most states who want the drug, called mifepristone (Mifeprex), will need to make just two trips to a doctor, instead of three. They'll also have 10 weeks from the start of their last period to use the medication to terminate pregnancy, up from the prior cutoff of 49 days, The New York Times reported. Additionally, the FDA is reducing the drug's dosage from 600 milligrams to 200 mg, reportedly reducing the cost of mifepristone and its potential side effects. Abortion-rights advocates welcomed the label changes. "Unlike state and federal anti-choice laws that restrict a woman's access to an abortion, the FDA decision to make mifepristone available to more women in this country is based on ... Read more

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D & C Procedures May Raise Risk of Preterm Birth: Study

Posted 17 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – A widely used gynecological procedure may increase the risk of preterm delivery in future pregnancies, a new study suggests. Dilation and curettage (D&C) is one of the most common minor surgeries in obstetrics and gynecology. It is used in cases of miscarriage and abortion, among other reasons. While generally considered safe, previous research has found that D&C is associated with some rare but serious side effects, including tears or punctures in the cervix or uterus, infection and bleeding. In this new study, researchers reviewed 21 studies that included nearly 2 million women. It found that D&C performed in cases of miscarriage or abortion was associated with a 29 percent increased risk of preterm birth (less than 37 weeks) in a later pregnancy, and a 69 percent increased risk of very preterm birth (less than 32 weeks) in a later pregnancy. Although this ... Read more

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U.S. Abortion Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since 1973: Report

Posted 3 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 3, 2014 – The U.S. abortion rate in 2011 was the lowest it has been since 1973, and advances in contraception methods might be part of the reason why, a new report suggests. The rate in 2011 was 16.9 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44. That's far below the rate of 29.3 per 1,000 women in 1981. And it's just above the lowest rate of 16.3 per 1,000 women in 1973, when abortion became legal in all 50 states following the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. The rate fell 13 percent between 2008 and 2011, resuming the long-term downward trend that faltered between 2005 and 2008, the study said. Between 2008 and 2011, the number of U.S. abortions dropped to 1.1 million, the Guttmacher Institute researchers said. The investigators also found that early medication abortion procedures, where drugs such as mifepristone or misoprostol are used to end a pregnancy, are ... Read more

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Multiple Abortions May Raise Risk of Preemie Birth Later

Posted 30 Aug 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 30 – Women who've had three or more abortions are at increased risk for premature and low birth-weight babies when they first give birth, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at more than 300,000 Finnish mothers and found that 10.3 percent had had one induced abortion between 1996 and 2008, 1.5 percent had two abortions, and 0.3 percent had three or more abortions before a first birth. Compared to mothers who had no abortions, those who had three or more abortions had a 225 percent increased risk of having a baby with a very low birth weight (less than 1,500 grams or 3.3 pounds), a 43 percent increased risk of low birth weight (less than 2,500 grams or 5.5 pounds), a 35 percent increased risk of preterm birth (before 37 weeks), and an increased risk of very preterm birth (before 28 weeks). Women who'd had two abortions had only a slightly increased risk of very ... Read more

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Drug Reduces Complications in Surgical Abortions: Study

Posted 8 Mar 2012 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 7 – The drug misoprostol reduced major complications from early surgical abortion by nearly one-third, according to a new study. Doctors often use misoprostol for cervical preparation prior to surgical abortion (vacuum aspiration). Until now, however, there were no studies large enough to determine whether the drug reduces the risk of serious complications, either immediate or delayed, according to background information in the study published in the March 8 online edition of The Lancet. For the study, researchers from the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva compared rates of complications among nearly 5,000 women in nine countries who underwent surgical abortion before 12 weeks of gestation. Complications included cervical tear, uterine perforation, incomplete abortion and pelvic inflammatory disease. Women were randomly assigned to receive either vaginal ... Read more

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Changes Reduced Infections From Medical Abortion

Posted 8 Jul 2009 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 8 – Two changes to the way Planned Parenthood clinics perform medical abortion resulted in a 93 percent drop in the rate of serious infections, a new report says. The changes involved administering the drug misoprostol to the area between the gum and the cheek (buccal administration), not the vagina, and introducing routine treatment with antibiotics. "Planned Parenthood is very happy with the regimen," said Mary Fjerstad, lead author of a paper appearing in the July 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "We've got the same head-to-head efficacy as with vaginal delivery and a significant reduction in infections. And, since we added antibiotics, we have a further drop in serious infections," added Fjerstad, a nurse practitioner who was director of clinical quality improvement at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America when the study was conducted. She is ... Read more

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