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Walgreens to Offer Abortion Pill in Select States including PA

Walgreens pharmacies in Pennsylvania, along with select locations in New York, Massachusetts, California, and Illinois, are beginning to dispense an abortion pill, mifepristone, following approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This decision comes after a federal regulatory change last year allowing retail pharmacies to supply the medication with a prescription.

Medication abortions, which involve the use of mifepristone and misoprostol, account for more than half of pregnancy terminations in Pennsylvania. Previously, mifepristone was generally available through medical providers or by mail, but the recent FDA certification allows Walgreens to provide it directly at pharmacies. CVS has also received FDA approval to dispense abortion pills and will start offering mifepristone in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Mifepristone blocks a hormone necessary for pregnancy continuation and is approved for use up to 10 weeks of gestation. Misoprostol, the second medication in the regimen, causes the uterus to contract and expel the fetal tissue. The availability of mifepristone in pharmacies aims to make accessing the medication more convenient, allowing patients to obtain it without visiting a physician’s office or waiting for mail delivery, after completing necessary telehealth consultations and blood work.

However, the medication is not available over-the-counter, and a prescription is required, obtained through telemedicine or an in-person appointment with a physician. As the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case regarding mifepristone, seeking tighter restrictions on the drug, the outcome could affect its availability. The FDA and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defend the safety and efficacy of mifepristone, noting its long history of use and low incidence of serious side effects.


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