RU 486 OTC or by prescription?

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Registered: 06-17-2007
RU 486 OTC or by prescription?
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Sat, 08-08-2009 - 8:29pm

I thought about this in another context and thought it might make an interesting discussion here.

RU 486 (Mifepristone) is currently available by prescription only in the U.S. I remember reading criticism from some groups at the time it was approved by the FDA (2000), who argued that this would limit women's access to abortion.

Do you think the fact that it's available by prescription only limits women's access to abortion in this way? Should it be available OTC? Should more/less restrictions be placed on its distribution? Why?




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Registered: 08-09-2009
Tue, 09-01-2009 - 8:03pm
Hey Holly. I have to say that keeping it prescription is a good thing because when a woman has to go to a doctor, they will discuss reasons behind the abortion. Also, RU-486 can be dangerous if not monitored by a doctor and if the woman does not know danger signs to watch for.
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Wed, 08-19-2009 - 9:52am

I think there may be some lingering confusion between Plan B and RU-486.


Plan B is "emergency contraception" or "the morning after pill."

 


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Registered: 05-06-2007
Wed, 08-19-2009 - 9:05am
Yep, it's available. I used it. Didn't even need an Rx actually. First dose was given to me in the drs office and the second set of pills were sent home with me with instructions. I did get a script for pain pills, however.

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Registered: 01-15-2008
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 9:58pm
Have you ever asked your OB ( or Family dr) if you could get an RU486 scrip should the need arise?

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Registered: 02-20-2007
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 7:14pm

I support RU 486 because I think it would go a long way in preventing later-term abortions, which I think are horrendous.

I am surprised that it is available in the U.S. at all. I thought it was not. If its available now, even with prescription required, that is a huge advance.

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Registered: 04-20-2009
Tue, 08-18-2009 - 3:49pm

"One should be able to get RU486 from one's family Dr the way one can get BCPs."

Ah, "should" is the operative word there. That's just not how it works. I live in the middle of Conservative, Red State Kansas, in a town with less than 5,000 people. I don't know for sure if I could get RU 486 around here, because I've never needed to check. But I know there is one clinic in all of Kansas that provides abortions. And when I did a google search on where to access RU 486 in Kansas, that clinic was the only place that came up. I think every ob/gyn should prescribe it, the same way they prescribe birth control pills. But that's just not the way it works.

As an aside, I don't necessarily think that making RU 486 is the ideal. But I do think something needs to change so that women don't have to jump through absurd standards and hoops to obtain medical treatment (whether being an abortion or accessing any type of medication.)

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Registered: 01-15-2008
Mon, 08-17-2009 - 4:45pm
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"That comes across as very flippant to me. I think for a lot of women it's far more difficult than just taking "4 hours out of her day" to access help."


Yep. That's all I can say right now.>>


Bah....Not even...keep reading. ;)


I was being sarcastic!


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Registered: 05-06-2007
Mon, 08-17-2009 - 12:19pm

"That comes across as very flippant to me. I think for a lot of women it's far more difficult than just taking "4 hours out of her day" to access help."

Yep. That's all I can say right now.

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&nbs

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Registered: 01-15-2008
Sun, 08-16-2009 - 9:43pm

No it doesn't necessarily have to be all or nothing...One should be able to get RU486 from one's family Dr the way one can get BCPs.



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Registered: 04-20-2009
Sun, 08-16-2009 - 9:15pm
I agree entirely. If an ob/gyn wants to opt out of surgical abortions, I can understand that. I imagine it takes special training and special facilities to perform them and not all ob/gyns are equipped. But to prescribe RU 486? I definitely think it should be a facet of their services and not something extra that they can opt out of.
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