WASHINGTON, D.C. (Newsource) — The FDA announced it will allow pharmacies to dispense the abortion medication mifepristone to patients.
Mifepristone can be used along with another medication, misoprostol, to end a pregnancy.
As of Tuesday, the FDA said it would no longer enforce a rule requiring people to get the first of the two drugs in person at a clinic or hospital.
Certified pharmacies can instead dispense the drugs directly to someone who has a prescription.
The FDA’s move comes days after a new Justice Department legal opinion declared that federal law allows the US Postal Service to deliver the abortion drugs — a move the Biden administration believes could help protect access to abortion in states that have enacted bans following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
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