"The Food and Drug Administration [announced Nov. 15, 2004] important new safety changes to the... labeling of mifepristone (trade name Mifeprex, also known as RU-486)" ...also known as "The Abortion Pill."
"FDA and Danco Laboratories have received reports of serious bacterial infection, bleeding, ectopic pregnancies that have ruptured, and death, including another death from sepsis that was recently reported to FDA...[Emphasis mine]
"The new information reminds health care providers that serious bacterial infection and sepsis may occur without the usual signs of infection, such as fever and tenderness on examination. Health care providers should be aware that prolonged, heavy bleeding may warrant surgical interventions. The label also warns that health care providers should be vigilant for patients with undiagnosed ectopic pregnancies (tubal pregancies) as this condition may be missed by physicial examination and ultrasound. Some of the symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy may mimic the expected symptoms of a medical termination of pregnancy. Mifepristone is not effective for termination of these pregnancies."The FDA news release states, "Mifeprex was approved in 2000 for the termination of early pregnancy, defined as 49 days or less."
To be exact, on Jan. 15, 2003, the Associated Press reported that "The FDA approved RU-486 for use in the U.S. in September 2000." That means it was approved when PRESIDENT CLINTON was in the White House.
AP's Dec. 9, 2002 report stated that,
"the Bush administration is ordering 10 prescription drugs to be detained at the U.S. border if patients buy them abroad instead of through their doctors, calling the medications too risky for unsupervised use. Included in the FDA directive: the dangerous abortion drug mifepristone (otherwise known as RU 486 or mifiprex). All of the drugs...can cause serious side effects and are allowed to sell in the United States only under severe restrictions... The Clinton administration hurriedly approved the abortion drug, then known as RU 486."President Clinton wrongly interfered with the FDA back then when he revoked the FDA Alert prohibiting the personal import and personal use of RU-486 in the U.S.
Holly Patterson wasn't the first to die. In April 2002, Associated Press and The Washington Post reported that "six women developed 'serious illnesses' and two died after taking RU-486 to induce abortions. Three of the [six] women...suffered bleeding caused by the rupture of ectopic pregnancies," a possibly fatal complication. It was also in that report that "400 women suffered complications after using RU-486."
UPDATE (thanks to Christina Dunigan): "Another other US death was Brenda Vise, a 38-year-old in Tennessee," who died on September 12, 2002.
The Washington Post, Sept. 11, 2001, also reported that a Canadian woman died during clinical trials of RU-486 and that the drug trial was suspended there.
So in only four years, we've had 5 or 6 North American maternal deaths from this stuff?
I wish the FDA would pay attention to all this truth about harmful abortifacient drugs like RU-486. I also wish the MSM would give us all the truth about the politicians really responsible for letting them loose on the American public. If the above were so, maybe Holly Marie Patterson and the others who died might still be alive.
Congressman Jim DeMint (R-WA) last year introduced the RU-486 Suspension and Review Act of 2003 which would require Congress to immediately suspend the FDA’s approval of RU-486 and called for an independent review of the approval process the FDA used to declare this drug “safe and effective.” The bill simply asked that the safety standards used to approve the drug be reviewed and if found in regulation of standard safety protocol, be lifted. If not, then the suspension should remain.
This drug has resulted in the deaths of women. Period. That first letter from Danco to the FDA fell all over itself trying to say it was "rare," "a single event," and that "No causal relationship has been established between the drug and the illnesses."
Now, look at what the FDA is saying, after all that glossing-over garbahj:
"The new warnings to health care providers and consumers include changes to the existing black box on the product to add new information on the risk of serious bacterial infections, sepsis, and bleeding and death that may occur following any termination of pregnancy, including use of Mifeprex."Shouldn’t we naturally suspend the drug, rather than just issue warning labels when women die?
As Theresa first blogged about here, this "wonder drug" also is touted on this "feminist" website as "a safe, effective method [which] bears no risk of infection."
That "feminist" site also concludes cheerily that "Young Women Need Increased Access to Mifepristone."
Yeah. Like they need a hole in the head.