Health Experts Raise Concerns About Supreme Court’s Limitations on Abortion Pill Access
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FDA’s Mifepristone Approval in Limbo as Supreme Court Hears Arguments to Reverse Decision

The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments to reverse the FDA’s approval of mifepristone, a medication that has been in use for over 20 years. In addition, they are considering rolling back changes made in 2016 aimed at making it easier for patients to access the drug. Health care attorney and managing partner at Nelson Hardiman, Harry Nelson, expressed concern about the idea that the FDA’s decisions could be overruled by federal courts, calling it “profoundly radical.”

Mifepristone is one of two drugs approved by the FDA to be taken together for medication abortion. This medication is only approved for patients up to 10 weeks pregnant and impacts progesterone, a hormone crucial in menstruation and pregnancy. Despite controversy surrounding its approval, Ushma Upadhyay, a professor and public health scientist at the University of California San Francisco, cited over 100 peer-reviewed publications and 20 years of evidence demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of medication abortion.

In addition to being used for medication abortions, mifepristone is also utilized for miscarriages, uterine fibroids, and Cushing’s syndrome. Patients without access to mifepristone may have to resort to using misoprostol alone or undergo more invasive procedures, which come with greater health risks. If certain court decisions are made, it could impact the drug approval process and potentially limit access to medications deemed safe and effective.

Recent research has shown an increase in self-managed medication abortions following the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade. Telehealth abortion has played a crucial role for patients who are pressed for time due to the FDA’s 10-week limit. The outcome of this Supreme Court case regarding mifepristone could have significant implications for the future accessibility of medication abortion and the broader drug approval process.

Health care attorney Harry Nelson expressed concern about the possibility that federal courts could overrule FDA decisions regarding mifepristone’s approval.

Mifepristone is one of two drugs approved by the FDA to be taken together for medication abortion.

Despite controversy surrounding its approval, Ushma Upadhyay presented evidence demonstrating its safety and effectiveness.

Patients without access to mifepristone may have to resort to using misoprostol alone or undergo more invasive procedures.

If certain court decisions are made regarding mifepristone’s approval or use during pregnancy or other medical conditions,

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