USA: Exploring the Feasibility of Obtaining Mifepristone and Misoprostol from the Internet

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ABSTRACT

Objectives.
We aimed to document the experience of buying abortion pills from online vendors that do not require a prescription and to evaluate the active ingredient content of the pills received. Study Design. We searched the internet to identify a convenience sample of websites that sold mifepristone and misoprostol to purchasers in the United States and attempted to order these products. We documented price, shipping time and other aspects of ordering. We sent the samples received to a testing laboratory that measured the amount of active ingredient in individual tablets.

Results. We identified 20 websites and ordered 22 products: 20 mifepristone-misoprostol combination products and two that contained only misoprostol. We received 18 combination products and the two misoprostol products from 16 different sites. No site required a prescription or any relevant medical information. The time between order and receipt of the 20 products ranged from 3-21 business days (median 9.5 days). The price for the 18 combination products ranged from $110 to $360, including shipping and fees; the products without mifepristone cost less. Chemical assays found that the 18 tablets labeled 200 mg mifepristone contained between 184.3 mg and 204.1 mg mifepristone, while the 20 tablets labeled 200 mcg misoprostol contained between 34.1 mcg and 201.4 mcg of the active ingredient.

Conclusions. Obtaining abortion medications from online pharmaceutical websites is feasible in the US. The mifepristone tablets received contained within 8% of the labeled amount of active agent. The misoprostol tablets all contained that compound but usually less than labeled.

IMPLICATIONS STATEMENT
Given our findings, we expect that some people for whom clinic-based abortion is not easily available or acceptable may consider self-sourcing pills from the internet to be a rational option.

Continued at source: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/pb/assets/raw/Health%20Advance/journals/contra/CON_8985.pdf

See also this Commentary: http://www.contraceptionjournal.org/pb/assets/raw/Health%20Advance/journals/contra/CON_8984.pdf

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USA: Special Delivery: Abortion Pills By Mail

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Special Delivery: Abortion Pills By Mail

BY Elisa Wells
Oct 10, 2017

When my mail carrier handed me the small brown envelope, I’m sure she had no idea she was handing me the means to have a safe, private abortion at home. I had ordered the pills a week and a half earlier off a somewhat sketchy website and, frankly, was wondering if they would ever appear. I say “sketchy” in that the offer seemed too good to be true — abortion pills for less than $200, no prescription needed. The “Whoa, trouble ahead!” warning from my McAfee security system certainly gave me pause, but by the time I received the fraud alert call from by credit card company (at the same time that Western Union was calling my other line to warn me) it was too late to turn back; I had already placed the order.

Continued at source: http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/a12785967/over-the-counter-abortion-pill/

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Safe Abortion Information Hotlines

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Safe Abortion Information Hotlines

All the hotlines listed below provide free, safe and reliable information about unwanted pregnancy, abortion and post-abortion care, and many also provide information about contraception and emergency contraception. Hotline volunteers have been trained and provide accurate information from reliable sources in confidence, especially the World Health Organization. They are aware of national laws and policies, and the situation for services. They can advise women on how to use medical abortion pills safely, and how to seek help if it is needed.

Please contact us if you know of a hotline number that is not listed here – it may save a woman’s life.

Continued at source: International Campaign foc Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/safe-abortion-3/safe-abortion-information-hotlines/

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Scotland: Warning over increased use of illegal abortion pills

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Warning over increased use of illegal abortion pills

by JANE KIRBY
February 14, 2017

Desperate women are thought to be turning to illegal abortion pills in rising numbers, a charity has warned. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service (Bpas) said women were risking prosecution by using the pills to induce an abortion, but most were unaware of the risk.

Bpas, which provides abortions at its clinics across the country, obtained data from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) which shows 645 abortion pills were seized in 2015 and 2016 on their way to addresses in Scotland, England and Wales.

Continued at source: The Scotsman: http://www.scotsman.com/news/warning-over-increased-use-of-illegal-abortion-pills-1-4366187

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Irish women report relief and gratitude after using abortion pills

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Women in Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, where abortion is illegal, respond favourably to kits sent in the post, study finds

Sarah Boseley Health editor, The Guardian

Monday 17 October 2016 05.01 BST

Women in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who have obtained abortion pills online in defiance of the law overwhelmingly express gratitude and relief that they were able to end an unwanted pregnancy, a new study shows.

Their only regret, according to a paper published in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, is that they are having to do something that is illegal in their country. They express anger and disappointment that they could not access a safe, legal abortion and felt they were treated as second-class citizens.

“Abortion is a huge decision for some women to make. It’s shameful that we are met with brick walls and judgment in our own country,” said one.

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Source: The Guardian

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