mifepristone

noun
mi·​fep·​ris·​tone | \ ˌmi-fə-ˈpri-ˌstōn How to pronounce mifepristone (audio) , mi-ˈfe-pri-ˌstōn\

Definition of mifepristone

: a drug C29H35NO2 taken orally to induce abortion especially early in pregnancy by blocking the body's use of progesterone

called also RU-486

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Through Aid Access, which Gomperts founded in 2018, women who are healthy and less than nine weeks pregnant can go through an online consultation to obtain the pills, mifepristone and misoprostol. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "European doctor says she's defying the FDA and will continue mailing abortion pills to women in the U.S.," 4 June 2019 In fact, the first pill, mifepristone, cannot be distributed to or dispensed at pharmacies. SELF, "The Complicated Reality of Buying Abortion Pills Online," 8 Apr. 2019 In a letter to Seema Verma, the Trump administration official overseeing Medicaid, the Democrats asked why 14 states were being permitted to not cover mifepristone, a drug necessary to perform nonsurgical abortions. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Democrats Say Some States’ Medicaid Programs Aren’t Complying With Abortion Rules," 8 Feb. 2019 The two medications Gomperts prescribes — mifepristone and misoprostol — work in combination by inducing a miscarriage early on in pregnancy. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.," 20 Oct. 2018 If taken before 10 weeks, mifepristone and misoprostol are between 92 to 98 percent effective. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.," 20 Oct. 2018 The two-drug protocol evolved in the 1980s because researchers recognized that, by itself, mifepristone is not sufficiently effective at terminating pregnancy. Marie Mccullough, Philly.com, "'Abortion pill reversal' controversy heats up with new study," 6 Apr. 2018 Each woman is given an online consultation with a licensed doctor before she is mailed the medications, typically mifepristone and misoprostol pills, that induce a miscarriage. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion," 9 July 2018 Retail pharmacies are prohibited from carrying mifepristone, even behind the counter. Dorothy Novick, STAT, "FDA shouldn’t allow politics to hurt women suffering miscarriage," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of mifepristone

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mifepristone

perhaps from International Scientific Vocabulary amino + fe- (alteration of phen-) + pri- (alteration of prop-) + estradiol + -one

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mifepristone

noun
mi·​fep·​ris·​tone | \ ˌmi-fə-ˈpris-ˌtōn How to pronounce mifepristone (audio) , mi-ˈfep-ri-ˌstōn How to pronounce mifepristone (audio) \

Medical Definition of mifepristone

: a drug C29H35NO2 taken orally to induce abortion especially early in pregnancy by blocking the body's use of progesterone

called also RU-486

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