FDA authorizes expanded use of medical abortion pill Mifeprex

March 30, 2016 4:21 PM

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FDA authorizes expanded use of medical abortion pill Mifeprex

WASHINGTON The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a request by Danco Laboratories to expand authorized use of its abortion pill Mifeprex, formerly known as RU-486, to 70 days of gestation from 49 days.

Mifeprex was approved by the FDA in 2000 to terminate early pregnancy when given in combination with misoprostol, an anti-inflammatory drug that was originally approved to prevent certain gastric ulcers.

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