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Mifeprex RU-486 - the Abortion Pill

Approved in September 2000 by the Food and Drug Administration for use in the U.S. , RU-486 takes its name from the company that designed the drug, Roussel Uclaf. Sold in the U.S. by Danco Laboratories under the name Mifeprex, it is still commonly referred to by its original name and by the description "the abortion pill."

Access to Abortion Hasn't Improved With Abortion Pill RU-486
When abortion pill RU-486 became available in the U.S. in 2000, it was widely believed that access to abortion would improve. Pro-choice advocates hoped that RU-486 would be prescribed by physicians in communities where abortion services weren't available. However, that has not happened.

Approval and Use of RU-486 Mifeprex (Mifepristone) the Abortion Pill
History, details and use of RU-486, the "abortion pill" approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September 2000, sold in the U.S. under the name Mifeprex (mifepristone).

U.S. Food & Drug Administration: Q&A on Mifeprex (mifepristone)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's question-and-answer page on the drug Mifeprex (mifepristone) commonly known as RU-486 or the abortion pill.

Deaths Cited by Opponents of RU-486
At a May 2006 House Government Reform subcommittee hearing, foes of RU-486 cite 950 reports of adverse events experienced by women taking the drug, along with four deaths that also involved a common but rarely fatal bacterium.

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