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2005-11-30 18:05:00

By Karla Gale NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Since the US Food and Drug Administration approved mifepristone and misoprostol as abortion-inducing drugs in 2000, there have been four deaths due to profound shock caused by a bacterium called Clostridium sordellii, investigators report. With this type of "medical abortion," patients are instructed to swallow a mifepristone pill and then a day or two later insert misoprostol tablets into the vagina, which causes the contractions that ultimately...

2005-11-03 14:09:11

By Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lawmakers frustrated with U.S. regulators' slow pace introduced a bill Thursday to force the Food and Drug Administration to decide whether the "morning-after pill" can be sold without a prescription. The measure says the Plan B pill, made by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., would be automatically be approved for over-the-counter sale 30 days after the bill's passage, until the agency makes a decision. The bill's sponsors said the FDA had repeatedly...

2005-09-22 10:33:16

By Shasta Darlington ROME (Reuters) - Italy's health minister has halted the country's first experiment with the abortion pill RU-486, prompting accusations that the decision was politically motivated and not scientific. Two weeks after a hospital in the northern Italian city of Turin began administering RU-486 to volunteer patients, Health Minister Francesco Storace suspended the experiment on Wednesday, citing health and legal reasons. Doctors accused Storace of interference while...

2005-08-26 18:21:57

By Lisa Richwine WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials deferred ruling on over-the-counter sales of Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s "morning-after" contraceptive on Friday, sparking charges that repeated delays were motivated by politics rather than science. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Lester Crawford said Barr's bid posed "unique regulatory issues" -- chiefly how to keep a prescription requirement for girls younger than 17 while easing access for older women. The FDA...

2005-08-24 16:28:21

By Gene Emery BOSTON (Reuters) - The G.D. Searle and Pfizer Inc. drug Cytotec is almost as effective as surgery for removing tissue that can remain in the uterus after a failed pregnancy, a test released on Wednesday has shown. The drug, also known by its generic name misoprostol, had a success rate of around 85 percent, said Jun Zhang of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the chief author of the study. The treatment, which can be done on an outpatient...

2005-07-20 18:01:38

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Several conservative lawmakers on Wednesday urged Congress to order a halt to sales of the abortion pill RU-486 and require further safety review after the drug's maker announced that five women taking it had died from bacterial infections. The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday alerted the public to the deaths and new warning information on the drug's label. But the lawmakers said that is inadequate. "Congress needs to act to take this deadly drug off the...

2005-07-18 17:53:46

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Five women who took the abortion pill RU-486 have died from bacterial infections since its U.S. introduction nearly five years ago, the manufacturer reported on Monday. "No causal relationship between these events" has been established with the drug, also known as Mifeprex or mifepristone, maker Danco Laboratories LLC said. "Childbirth, menstruation and abortion, whether spontaneous, surgical or medical, all create conditions that can result in serious and sometimes...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.