Imagine terminating a pregnancy with a pill. This may soon become a reality in Canada.
The pill is currently legal in France and the United States of America. Health Canada supported the introduction of the product back in July of 2015 but it has not yet made its way to Canada.
The pill is named “Mifegymiso” and it will terminate pregnancies up to 49 days after a thorough scientific assessment. Health Canada is currently working on determining how patients can gain access to the drug including pharmacists and physicians. Mifegymiso may possibly be available as soon as next spring.
At this time, the framework suggests that although pharmacists can write a prescription it will be given directly to the physician. Hence, the patient will not have access to the prescription at any point. The aim is to allow women to have more control over their bodies. Non-surgery performing physicians will be given the training to prescribe Mifegymiso correctly while pharmacists are trained to dispense the drug correctly.
Some pharmacists are looking to increase their authority to dispense the drug, as they are considered “drug experts”. They are advocating to gain authority to dispense the drug without physician intervention. Pharmacists are arguing to have the opportunity to dispense the drug to the patient directly. Furthermore, pharmacists believe that with the proper training they are just as qualified to dispense the pill as physicians.
Conversely, some physicians are cynical in respect to allowing pharmacists to have such authority. Some physicians believe that pharmacists are not equipped with enough knowledge to dispense the drug on their own. Physician suggest their role in overseeing the medication is dispensed only in the appropriate cases and safely is crucial.
In addition, some individuals hold negative beliefs against pharmaceutics in general and question the long-term effects of the drug itself.
Critics of abortion also argue that abortion should not be legal in most cases and only in cases of rape. The argument is that people are adults and should be more responsible with their sexual behaviour. Conversely, many feminists believe that this pill is a step in the right direction as it allows women to have more autonomy in their life and body choices.
How do you feel about the new pill?
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Points of Discussion:
1. How does your country address birth control? Would this pill be allowed where you live?
2. If this drug is legal in your country – what are some differences in how it is regulated?