A European doctor prescribes abortion pills to U.S. women over the internet — but the FDA is watching

A European doctor prescribes abortion pills to U.S. women over the internet — but the FDA is watching
Aid Access, an organization started by a Dutch doctor to offer abortion pills to women in the U.S., is defying an FDA warning by continuing to operate.

June 1, 2019
By Katie Engelhart

Necolie remembers taking the pregnancy test in the bathroom and then throwing it at her husband. “I’m not doing this again,” she said.

By then, in late 2018, her husband had been out of work for three months. Necolie, who lives on the Florida Coast and asked that her full name not be used to protect her privacy, was borrowing gas money from friends so she could drive her three kids to school. During her last pregnancy, she had developed a serious liver condition and had to be hospitalized.

Continued: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/european-doctor-prescribes-abortion-pills-u-s-women-over-internet-n1012676

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European doctor defies FDA orders to stop sending US women abortion pills by mail

European doctor defies FDA orders to stop sending US women abortion pills by mail

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
Thu May 23, 2019

(CNN)A European doctor who provides abortion pills by mail to the United States is defying an order from the US Food and Drug Administration to stop.

"It is very important to continue ... because it is the only safe abortion alternative for some of the most vulnerable people," Dr. Rebecca Gomperts said in an emailed statement. "As a physician, I have the obligation to provide medical care to people in need."

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/23/health/abortion-pills-fda-aid-access-defiance/index.html

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Revealed: 21,000 US women order abortion pills online in past six months

Revealed: 21,000 US women order abortion pills online in past six months
Three-quarters of mail order requests came from states with strict anti-abortion laws

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent
Wed 22 May 2019

Thousands of American women have obtained abortion pills online in the past six months, according to figures that highlight the escalating difficulty in accessing safe abortions on the ground.

Data shared with the Guardian reveals that 21,000 women requested abortion medication between October 2018 and March this year from the charity Aid Access. Between a third and a half of the women who made the requests were then sent abortion pills in the mail. The majority of the recipients live in states with hostile abortion policies.

Continued: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/22/revealed-21000-us-women-order-abortion-pills-in-six-months

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USA – The Complicated Reality of Buying Abortion Pills Online

The Complicated Reality of Buying Abortion Pills Online
An abortion provider delves into the safety, efficacy, and legality.

April 8, 2019
By Jennifer Conti, M.D., M.S.

Given the many obstacles facing reproductive rights in our current political climate, we as physicians are seeing some people take abortion into their own hands. No, I’m not talking about coat-hanger abortions or any of the other infamous and tragic methods that people in the past (and, sadly, even some in the present) have explored.

Specifically, I’m talking about those who are self-managing medication abortions, meaning that they’re getting and taking abortion medications without going through a health-care provider at all.

Continued: https://www.self.com/story/buying-abortion-pills-online

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USA – Online abortion pill provider ordered to cease delivery by FDA

Online abortion pill provider ordered to cease delivery by FDA

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
Fri March 15, 2019

(CNN)A European organization that provides doctor-prescribed abortion pills by mail is under order by the US Food and Drug Administration to stop deliveries.
The federal agency sent a warning letter to Aid Access this month requesting that it "immediately cease causing the introduction of these violative drugs into U.S. Commerce."

"The sale of misbranded and unapproved new drugs poses an inherent risk to consumers who purchase those products," the letter says. "Drugs that have circumvented regulatory safeguards may be contaminated; counterfeit, contain varying amounts of active ingredients, or contain different ingredients altogether."

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/15/health/fda-aid-access-abortion-pill-warning/index.html

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USA – Abortions by mail: the FDA is going after online pill providers

Abortions by mail: the FDA is going after online pill providers
The agency sent warning letters to two web retailers selling the medical abortion pills misoprostol and mifepristone.

By Julia Belluz
Mar 12, 2019

The US Food and Drug Administration is cracking down on organizations that sell medical abortion pills over the internet.

In a warning letter released Tuesday, the agency requested that the online abortion pill provider AidAccess.org immediately stop selling unapproved versions of the abortion drugs mifepristone and misoprostol and respond to FDA concerns within 15 working days outlining how it will correct its regulatory violations.

Continued: https://www.vox.com/2019/3/12/18260699/misoprostol-mifepristone-medical-abortion

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Abortion restrictions prompt international activists to provide care in America

Abortion restrictions prompt international activists to provide care in America

By Andrew Keiper | Fox News
Oct 25, 2018

Across the nation, women’s access to reproductive care has been protested, shuttered, legislated and sometimes strictly limited. So much so that an international organization has stepped in to provide abortion consultations and medications to women who face high barriers to care.

AidAccess was recently founded by Dutch doctor Rebecca Gomperts to provide American women with access to abortion medication. The contentious program operates online, and offers women consultations and mail-delivered abortion medication.

Continued: https://www.foxnews.com/health/abortion-restrictions-prompt-international-activists-to-provide-care-in-america

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Abortion pills now available by mail in US — but FDA is investigating

Abortion pills now available by mail in US -- but FDA is investigating

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN
Tue October 23, 2018

(CNN)Signaling a new chapter in the battle over abortion access in the United States, a European organization has stepped into the fray, providing Americans a way to get doctor-prescribed pills by mail to medically induce abortions at home.

Called Aid Access, the organization says it uses telemedicine, including online consultations, to facilitate services for healthy women who are less than nine weeks pregnant. If a woman completes the consultation and is deemed eligible for a medical abortion, the organization's founder writes a prescription for the two pills used to terminate the pregnancy, misoprostol and mifepristone. Prescriptions are then sent to a pharmacy in India, which fills and mails orders to the US.

Continued: https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/23/health/abortion-pills-by-mail-us-fda/index.html

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U.S. Abortion Pill Website, Aid Access, Under Investigation by the FDA

U.S. Abortion Pill Website, Aid Access, Under Investigation by the FDA
A website founder believed she had a loophole to sell abortion-inducing drugs to American women, but the FDA says it is not legal to buy them online.

Emily Shugerman
10.22.18

A new website that allows U.S. women to order abortion-inducing drugs online is under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The website, Aid Access, has been quietly shipping the drugs from a pharmacy in India to women in the U.S. for the last six months, in response to what the site’s founder said was an overwhelming demand from American women.

Continued: https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-abortion-pill-website-aid-access-under-investigation-by-the-fda

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USA – The prescription abortion pill we could have, but don’t

The prescription abortion pill we could have, but don’t
Mifeprestone is offered directly to patients in places like Canada and Australia, but not in the U.S.

Zoë Beery
May—25—2018

When a patient asks Dr. Graham Chelius for an early-term abortion, all he can do is tell them to buy a plane ticket.

Chelius is a family medicine doctor at a hospital on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, where there are no surgical abortion providers. His best option is to instead write patients a prescription for what is called a medication abortion: using two drugs – mifepristone and misoprostol – over the course of two or three days, the patient would end their pregnancy themselves. Save for a routine follow-up two weeks later, they wouldn’t need to see Chelius again.

But if he wrote that prescription, his patients wouldn’t be able to fill it. Mifeprex, the American brand name for mifepristone, is one of a handful of drugs that the FDA says is too dangerous for retail pharmacies. It can only be dispensed at pre-approved clinics, hospitals, and private practices, and the hospital where Chelius works doesn’t stock it. The process for approval is so onerous that nowhere on Kaua’i does.

Continued: https://theoutline.com/post/4660/let-us-have-prescription-medication-abortion-pharmacy-over-the-counter?zd=1&zi=3z733zs2

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