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Will this new pill make abortion more accessible in Canada?

In addition to the requirement that physicians dispense the drug instead of pharmacists, federal rules for Mifegymiso also require that doctors who want to prescribe it complete about six hours of training. The guidelines also recommend, though do not require, that women take the first pill of the two-pill dose in the presence of the prescribing physician. It’s not yet clear if provincial health plans will cover Mifegymiso’s cost, the way surgical abortion is, or through private or provincial prescription plans.

“Our big fear is that the only doctors who are going to be willing to deal with all these restrictions are going to be existing surgical abortion providers,” Prasad says. “That is not at all helpful to realizing the promise of mifepristone in Canada, and that promise is one of ensuring wider access.”

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