The drug is also known as RU-486 and Mifeprex
. Since its approval, roughly 460,000 doses have been distributed in the United States for nonsurgical abortions.
FDA Alert for Healthcare Professionals: Mifepristone (marketed as Mifeprex
), 22 July 2005.
Emergency contraception, which administers a high dose of birth control pills, is not the same thing as Mifeprex
or RU-486, used in place of a non-surgical abortion.
It is no such thing, and it shouldn't be confused with mifepristone, known as Mifeprex
or RU-486, a drug that can induce an abortion.
It is produced by Danco Laboratories, a self-described "women's health pharmaceutical company," and marketed as an "early option pill" under the brand name Mifeprex
. It was approved by the Clinton-era Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 and, according to Danco, has been used by more than one million women worldwide and about 200,000 within the U.S.
women have chosen Mifeprex
for their non-surgical abortion, New York: Danco Laboratories, Sept.
However, in my private practice where I provide medical abortions (Mifeprex
) to middle-class women in New York City, I find they have little interest in supporting prochoice organizations or any real concern that their hard-fought right of "choice" could disappear with loss of one or two Supreme Court heartbeats.
On September 28, 2000, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved mifepristone (RU-486) for sale in the United States, under the name Mifeprex
and many other countries, misoprostol is used in combination with mifepristone (brand name Mifeprex
) for medication abortion, or abortion with pills.
Mifepristone, also known as Mifeprex
or RU-486, was developed in the early 1980s and is the backbone of the most effective medication abortion regimens available.
Following the FDA regimen for abortion-inducing drugs isn't unsafe, but it is less effective and has more side effects than the evidence-based protocol followed by most abortion providers, said Fine, who participated in the FDA's clinical trial for Mifeprex
, the abortion-inducing drug.