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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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