New abor­tion drug la­bel could undo state laws

Cape Breton Post - - PROVINCE -

OK­LA­HOMA CITY — The U.S. Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion has ap­proved a new la­bel for a com­mon abor­tion-in­duc­ing drug that could undo re­stric­tions on med­i­ca­tion abor­tions passed by sev­eral states. The FDA no­ti­fied the man­u­fac­turer of the drug Mifeprex in a let­ter on Tues­day that the drug is safe and ef­fec­tive for ter­mi­nat­ing a preg­nancy in ac­cor­dance with the new la­bel. Also known as mifepri­s­tone, the drug is used in com­bi­na­tion with an­other drug, miso­pros­tol, to end a preg­nancy. Un­der the new la­bel, a smaller dose of Mifeprex can be used later in the preg­nancy. Abor­tion rights groups say the change will af­fect laws in Ohio, North Dakota and Texas that pro­hibit “off-la­bel” uses of the drug. Sim­i­lar laws are on hold in Ari­zona, Arkansas and Ok­la­homa.

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