A reader sent me a link to the following article.
WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, said Friday it was changing its prescribing practices for a drug used to terminate early pregnancies after reports of two new deaths possibly linked to the drug.
Earlier in the day, the Food and Drug Administration said it was investigating the two deaths that occurred after medical abortion with mifepristone, sold under the brand name Mifeprex. (Read more from the FDA on Mifeprex.) The medication is made by Danco Laboratories, a closely held New York company, and contains two separate drugs that need to be given in order to terminate a pregnancy.
The two deaths, as well as four others that occurred in California from September 2003 through June 2005, occurred in women who had been given one of the drugs vaginally rather than orally as directed. Last year federal health officials tied the four California deaths to sepsis, a serious blood infection caused by a bacteria known as Clostridium sordellii.
Mifeprex’s label states that both drugs should be given orally, and the FDA has repeatedly warned health-care professionals about the proper way to administer the drug. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, however, have been giving the second drug in the regimen vaginally rather than orally.
Remind me never to have my temperature checked at one of their clinics. The actual proper way to administer this drug is into the trash can.