Tuesday, November 16, 2004


RU-486 Not So Safe After All

Apparently the morning after abortion pill will have new labeling so that people are aware of all the dangerous side effects:
Danco Laboratories, have received reports of serious bacterial infection, bleeding, ectopic pregnancies, and even death in several cases - and the new warning label will mention those complications.

The label also will inform health care providers that serious bacterial infection and sepsis may occur without the usual signs of infection, such as fever and tenderness. The FDA also said health care providers should be aware that prolonged, heavy bleeding may warrant surgery.

The label also warns health care providers to watch for patients with undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies (tubal pregancies), a condition that may be overlooked by physical examination and ultrasound.

Women taking the drug should immediately report fever, abdominal pain, and heavy bleeding, the new label will say.

Concerned Women for America, a conservative public policy group, notes that several women have died after taking RU-486, and the FDA's response is simply to change the drug's label.

Planned Parenthood, naturally, insists the drug is safe.

Somehow, I'm not surprised.

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