(Reuters) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this month it would allow pharmacies to sell the oral abortion drug mifepristone. Pharmacies across the country are having to choose whether or not to sell it.
Given that nearly half of the states have banned or restricted abortion since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion, these pharmacies’ decisions will be driven. is mainly the location. But pharmacists interviewed by Reuters said local cultures and attitudes toward abortion, as well as their own beliefs, were guiding their choices.
With the FDA’s easing of rules, access to oral abortion drugs, which make up more than half of all abortions in the U.S., should become easier in states where abortion is legal. The impact on pharmacies in states with abortion bans, however, remains unknown.
Bill Patel, who has run Care Right Pharmacy in Marianas, Fla. for five years, said he does not plan to apply for the certification needed to sell mifepristone because he is anti-abortion. talk. The pharmacy is located near the borders of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida, where abortion is severely restricted.
Ms Patel said she would only sell if asked to do so by authorities.
“Honestly, I’m against it. I’m anti-abortion.”
Florida currently bans abortions after 15 weeks and has other restrictions.
Walgreens Boots Alliance and CVS Health have said they will only offer Mifepristone in states where it is licensed. National and regional chains, including Southeastern Grocers, which owns Wynn-Dixie Stores, said they were discussing whether to offer the products and where they would sell them.
A spokeswoman for GenBioPro, one of two companies producing mifepristone in the United States, said the company has already started accepting applications for certification, but declined to provide further details.
Michelle Vargas, who owns Lamar Family Pharmacy in Lamar, South Carolina, said she has no plans to sell.
“We operate in a very small rural area. We don’t have an abortion clinic nearby or in a big city where that happens a lot.”
“[Abortion]doesn’t happen very often here.”
Legal controversy has also erupted over the possibility that FDA-approved drugs may be illegal under some state laws.
Irina Bernstein, a 30-year veteran of the FDA and now interim CEO of the American Pharmacists Association, said the unresolved issues pose legal risks to pharmacies in states that restrict abortion. If you choose to sell mifepristone in violation of state law, you could end up having your license revoked.
Bernstein points to other concerns, such as the safety of pharmacists and pharmacies.
Pharmacist Steve Moore, who owns Condo Pharmacy in Plattsburgh, New York, where abortion is legal, is considering selling it.
“As a pharmacist, I feel my role is to help people with safe and effective medications, not restrict access to medicine,” Moore said.
“I’ve had several patients complain about the after-pill and contraceptive pills being dispensed. You certainly have the right to say that. It’s not a pharmacy because we’re not going to stop offering these drugs.”
(Reporters Ahmed Aboulenein, Gabriella Borter, Michael Erman)