Don’t forget to join us in taking action to expand access to mifepristone! Did you know that mifepristone – most commonly known as the “abortion pill” – is also very effective for medication management of early pregnancy loss (miscarriage)? According to a recent study, mifepristone raises the effectiveness of medication management of miscarriage from 67% to 84% in the first 48 hours after taking it. Unfortunately, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) makes using mifepristone for miscarriage nearly impossible. We want to change this.
Currently, mifepristone is subject to the FDA’s Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS), which means it’s classified as a “dangerous drug” – even though it has a history of safe and effective use. The REMS prevent clinicians from prescribing mifepristone for abortion and requires both clinicians and patients to sign agreements stating that they are using mifepristone for abortion, even if they’re taking it for a different purpose. This dissuades clinics from stocking mifepristone and denies patients access to the best possible treatment. If you’d like to learn more, check out NPR’s great piece explaining this issue.
We believe that mifepristone should be available at pharmacies and for miscarriage treatment, because it is safe, effective, and patient-centered. Here’s how you can expand access to mifepristone: