Mifegymiso: The Abortion Pill

preggersImagine 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.

earnings on drugsConversely, 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?

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19 comments

    1. Thank you Jess! I’m glad you liked the piece 🙂 I was surprised to learn how widely used this product was as well.

      I hope this piece does generate some insightful thoughts. I’d love to hear what people have to say.

      Happy new year!

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    1. This pill has been legal in the U.S since 2000 but under a different name Mifeprex. In the U.S the pill can be used to terminate a pregnancy up to 70 days in but in Canada it will only be used in cases of 40 days or less. Canada is only now embracing the pill. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂 I hope to hear more from you throughout 2016.

      Happy new year 🙂

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂 I think it might actually be the same pill but a different name. I can imagine the debate that arises from this controversial subject. People have very strong beliefs whether they are religious or personal. I’d love to hear more from you 🙂

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    1. Hi Sonia!
      Due to the long history of use of this pill there have been multiple studies conducted on the side effects which include but are not limited to: severe cramps, bleeding for up to ten days and two days of heavy bleeding. There would a 24 hour patient support line available for the patients.

      Great question! I’m sure many individuals were wondering the same thing.

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂 I hope to hear more from you in 2016. Happy new year!

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  1. As spirit, there are countless of advanced souls waiting to come to earth to bring light and positive changes here an; as a human, we have free will – and there are many reasons why someone would want to take the pill, ex, rape, religion, etc. Its not as easy decision to make.

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    1. I believe many individuals would agree that it’s not an easy decision to make. It can easily take a psychological toll and it has physical consequences as well. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I hope to hear more from you in 2016 🙂

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  2. In India pills are available for abortion, morning after pills are available at chemist shops. I don’t no the names though.What I do know is that there are many sides effects of popping such harmful pills. Even you have pointed out some of them.
    I have been reading your posts from quite some time now and you talk about wide range of topics. Its great to read and learn about topics that otherwise go UN-noticed.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words! I truly appreciate you taking the time to comment. I hope to hear more from you in the future!

      The side-effects can be scary but I believe a surgical abortion may have similar side-effects. Are abortion pills difficult to buy or easily accessible?

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