Ladies, listen up. The Food and Drug Administration has changed its guidelines for use of the abortion pill, increasing access to a method of pregnancy termination and allowing women to use the drug further into pregnancy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials released a statement on March 30, that consisted of new relaxed guidelines on how to prescribe an abortion pill, called Mifeprex. The FDA has increased access to the medication and also allows for a nurse practitioner to administer the drugs.
The FDA’s new rules allow women to use the drug Mifeprex, the brand name for mifepristone, for 70 days after the start of their most recent menstrual period, which is up from the previous guideline of 49 days. That’s not all. The agency also lowered the dosage of the medication and made it easier for women to get a prescription for the pill. So, that’s less doctor visits, less time off of work and less money that women need to figure out.
“After reviewing the supplemental application, the agency determined that Mifeprex is safe and effective when used to terminate a pregnancy in accordance with revised labeling,” the official statement said. Although some states will be using these new guidelines, several states — including North Dakota, Ohio and Texas — still require doctors to adhere to 16-year-old FDA regulations.
One thing is very clear in the statement, do NOT buy Mifeprex over the Internet because you will bypass important safeguards designed to protect your health (and the health of others). The new label for mifepristone says that the drug should be “ordered, prescribed and dispensed by or under the supervision of a healthcare provider who prescribes and who meets certain qualifications.”
HollywoodLifers — what do you think about the new FDA guidelines? Let us know!