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Constitutionality of banning off-label use of drugs

When the FDA approved the sale of RU-486 in this country, the agency used a little known process historically reserved for life-saving drugs. Lars Noah described the process in his article, A Miscarriage in the Drug Approval Process?: Mifepristone Embroils the FDA in Abortion Politics. Since the approval of the drug, abortion providers have continued […]

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Telemedicine and Medical Abortions

The August 2011 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology discusses the emerging practice of providing medical abortions via telephone in Effectiveness and Acceptability of Medical Abortion Provided Through Telemedicine. Interestingly the study reports slightly higher abortion completion rates among patients served through telemedicine (99%) over those provided services face-to-face (97%). The study also reports that twenty-five […]

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Human Rights and Medical Abortion

SSRN has posted a new article, Access to Information on Safe Abortion: A Harm Reduction and Human Rights Approach. According to the abstract the article explores claims that the international norms protecting the right of access to information includes the right to give and receive information for self-administration of misoprostol (RU-486). The author, Joanna Erdman, […]

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New article on Mexican Pharmacies Sale of RU-486

RU-486 has been available and used to induce abortions in Mexico since 2007. It is available from local pharmacies without prescription. A new study, How Often and Under Which Circumstances Do Mexican Pharmacy Vendors Recommend Misoprostol to Induce an Abortion, reports on exchanges between pharmacists and simulated clients (a young woman, an adult woman and […]

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Americans United for Life Report on Planned Parenthood

Today on Public Discourse, Bill Saunders–Senior Vice President and Senior Council for Americans United for Life–reports on AUL’s in-depth investigation into Planned Parenthood. The report discusses overbilling by Planned Parenthood, failure to abide by state parental involvement laws, involvement in opposing common sense regulation of abortion, and disregard of FDA regulations on the use of […]