Posted by KaraS on August 27, 2005, at 10:57:03
In reply to Re: RU486 OTC?, posted by Ocracoker16 on August 27, 2005, at 9:07:12
> Yes, it is the same drug. I was just trying to not have to type both names, but I can see how someone might be confused by the original post in which it was referred to as both but separately. One was in the subject line and the other one in the message. The main point is that RU486 (Mifepristone) is not the morning after pill. It is a common misperception that the morning after pill is the abortion pill.
> Granting OTC status to Preven and Plan B has been an issue of debate for sometime. Proponents believe it will make it more accessible. Currently, there are pharmacists who will not fill prescriptions for both meds and Walmart does not carry them in the pharmacy. The FDA has to worry about the consumer who will use it on a daily basis in substitute for being examined by a doctor and prescribed a BC pill. The morning after pills have really high levels of hormones.
Thank you for the clarification. I understand that RU486 is not the drug in question now for use as an over-the-counter morning after pill. Was RU486 ever given as a morning after pill in the past? Is that what has caused the confusion here?