Mifegymiso Can Be Prescribed Without An Ultrasound: Health Canada

Mifegymiso Can Be Prescribed Without An Ultrasound: Health Canada
"Health care practitioners across Canada have been asking for removal for this restriction."

By Maija Kappler
Apr 17, 2019

Canadian doctors are no longer required to perform an ultrasound before prescribing medicine that will end unwanted pregnancies. Experts say the change will eliminate a significant barrier to abortion access, particularly for women living in rural areas who often had to travel major distances or wait long periods of time before they could get ultrasounds.

Health Canada made the announcement that an ultrasound was no longer required before a doctor could prescribe Mifegymiso, the "abortion pill," in a press release on Tuesday.

Continued: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2019/04/16/mifegymiso-health-canada_a_23712955/

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Ultrasound no longer required before patients can access abortion pill: Health Canada

Ultrasound no longer required before patients can access abortion pill: Health Canada

By Amanda Connolly National Online Journalist (Politics) Global News
Apr 16, 2019

Doctors in Canada can now prescribe Mifegymiso — otherwise known as the abortion pill — without needing to conduct an ultrasound.

Health Canada removed one of the remaining barriers to access of the pill on Tuesday, which women’s health advocates have argued places a disproportionate burden on rural and precariously employed or low-income women for whom access to ultrasound clinics and multiple medical appointments (and the associated time off work required to get to them) within a short time period can be very difficult.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5173789/how-to-get-abortion-pill-canada-ultrasound/

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Canada – Pro-choice group calls Sask. minister’s speech at anti-abortion rally unacceptable

Pro-choice group calls Sask. minister's speech at anti-abortion rally unacceptable

Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press
Published Friday, April 12, 2019

REGINA -- A spokeswoman for a national organization that promotes abortion rights says it's unacceptable that a Saskatchewan health minister spoke at an anti-abortion rally.

Darrah Teitel of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights said the appearance by Greg Ottenbreit, responsible for rural and remote health, erodes public trust. She said it also raises questions about his intentions with the abortion drug Mifegymiso.

Continued: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/pro-choice-group-calls-sask-minister-s-speech-at-anti-abortion-rally-unacceptable-1.4378323

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Two-pill abortion drug Mifegymiso prescribed at least 13,000 times since becoming available in Canada

Two-pill abortion drug Mifegymiso prescribed at least 13,000 times since becoming available in Canada
Since Alberta began covering the cost of Mifegymiso last July, at least 2,190 doses have been prescribed — the overwhelming majority of them in Calgary

Tyler Dawson
October 15, 2018

EDMONTON — It was Calgary’s Kensington clinic that prescribed the first dose of Mifegymiso, the two-pill abortion drug, after it became available in Canada in January 2017.

“When it arrived on our doorstep, we had a patient that day and we offered it to her; we were ready to go,” said clinic executive director Celia Posyniak.

Continued: https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/mifegymiso

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Abortion-pill inequality: How access varies widely across Canada

Abortion-pill inequality: How access varies widely across Canada
Two years after Canadians got access to Mifegymiso, some regions have seen thousands of prescriptions, but others have had hardly any, according to figures obtained by The Globe and Mail. The numbers point to deeply rooted problems in regional abortion care

Carly Week
October 12, 2018

Women’s health advocates have hailed the abortion pill as the key to eliminating barriers to abortion in Canada because it can be prescribed by a family doctor and taken at home, no matter where a woman lives. Yet, nearly two years after Mifegymiso became available, many women still have to travel to abortion clinics, endure lengthy waits and pay out-of-pocket if they want to use it to end their pregnancies.

Prescribing data provided to The Globe and Mail show large regional disparities in access to the abortion pill, which the World Health Organization says is a safe and effective method of terminating pregnancies in the first nine weeks. In Manitoba, where nearly 4,000 abortions are performed every year, no prescriptions for Mifegymiso have been dispensed from retail pharmacies since it came on the market, according to the data. But in Ontario, which has about 40,000 abortions every year, more than 6,600 prescriptions were dispensed last year and this year, up to August, 2018.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-abortion-pill-inequality-how-access-varies-widely-across-canada/

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Canada – Abortion expert urges Nova Scotia to drop ultrasound rule if access slowed

Abortion expert urges Nova Scotia to drop ultrasound rule if access slowed

Carly Weeks
Published September 26, 2018

The lead author of Canada’s national guidelines on drug-induced abortion says Nova Scotia should drop the practice of insisting on an ultrasound when it results in delays in providing the procedure.

The issue was raised this week after The Globe and Mail reported that Nova Scotia’s only abortion clinic is not allowed to perform ultrasounds to determine how far along a pregnancy is, leaving women to wait days or weeks for an appointment at the hospital’s diagnostic imaging unit. In an essay published Saturday, reporter Jessica Leeder outlined the challenges she faced earlier this year in obtaining a medical abortion. Ms. Leeder was told she would need to wait about two weeks for an ultrasound before a doctor could prescribe the abortion drug Mifegymiso. She eventually travelled out of province and paid out of pocket to have a timelier abortion.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-abortion-expert-urges-nova-scotia-to-drop-ultrasound-rule-if-access/

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Canada – Abortion pill prescriptions likely to rise after 4,253 women used new option last year

Abortion pill prescriptions likely to rise after 4,253 women used new option last year

By Amanda Connolly, National Online Journalist Global News
April 27, 2018

One year after the abortion pill became available to Canadian women, new numbers show thousands have used the new option for reproductive health care and sexual health experts say they expect that number to keep rising.

Mifegymiso is the commercial name for a two-drug combination approved by Health Canada to be used to terminate early pregnancies up to nine weeks, which was approved in 2015 with tight restrictions but only became available to the public in January 2017.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/4172876/abortion-pill-mifegymiso-canada-how-to-get/

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Canada: Governments should fund birth control, as they do HIV prevention

Governments should fund birth control, as they do HIV prevention
MARINA ADSHADE and NIKO BELL, VANCOUVER
The Globe and Mail
Published January 7, 2018

Sixty-one per cent of Canadian women have had an unintended pregnancy, notes a study by Canada's Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Government policy is to blame.

On Jan. 1, the B.C. government joined Ontario and Quebec in offering coverage of a drug that prevents HIV infection for people at high risk. This is a smart move, spending a little money on prevention to save much more on health care down the road. If only the provinces were as clever when it came to providing affordable contraceptives for women; failing to do so costs taxpayers millions of dollars and imposes undue hardship on parents and children.

Continued at source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/governments-should-fund-birth-control-as-it-does-hiv-prevention/article37521476/

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Thirty years after Morgentaler ruling on abortion rights, Canada ‘still dealing with the same issues’

Thirty years after Morgentaler ruling on abortion rights, Canada ‘still dealing with the same issues’
Only one in six hospitals in Canada performs abortions and some provinces have no standalone abortion clinics at all. New Brunswick, meanwhile, continues to refuse to fund abortions at the province’s only clinic.

By Brett Bundale, The Canadian Press
Wed., Dec. 20, 2017

It’s 1979. A 20-year-old student misses her period.

“I was in my third year of university. I used oral contraceptives but I got pregnant,” the woman, now in her late 50s, said in a recent interview from Montreal. “I hadn’t finished my degree. I wasn’t ready for a family.”

She avoided the French-language Catholic hospital where she lived in Moncton, N.B., and instead booked an appointment with a gynecologist at the city’s English-language hospital.

Continued at source: https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/12/20/thirty-years-after-morgentaler-ruling-on-abortion-rights-canada-still-dealing-with-the-same-issues.html

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Health Canada approves abortion pill use up to nine weeks

Health Canada approves abortion pill use up to nine weeks
Update to product monograph comes after health advocates warned current rules too restrictive

Kyle Duggan and Amanda Connolly
Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Women seeking an abortion in Canada will now be able to use the abortion pill up to nine weeks into a pregnancy.

Health Canada updated its product monograph for Mifegymiso, the two-drug combination of pills that doctors can prescribe to women who want a medical abortion. The current monograph, approved in July 2015 after years of delays, states that Mifegymiso is safe for use up to seven weeks into a pregnancy — even though most countries that have legalized the abortion pill use a 10-week limit.

Continued: http://ipolitics.ca/2017/11/07/health-canada-approves-abortion-pill-use-up-to-nine-weeks/

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