Abortion Pill at the Pharmacy? Over the Counter Abortion Pill

Over the Counter Abortion Pill

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Can You Get the Abortion Pill at CVS?

  • Recently CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid announced their decisions to undergo the necessary training to distribute the abortion pill.
  • Abortion pills will be by prescription only, as are all other abortion medications.
  • Only states where abortion is legal will allow pharmacies to distribute the abortion pill.

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Can I Get the Abortion Pill at the Pharmacy?

No pharmacy in the US is currently distributing the abortion pill.

Several pharmacies are presently undergoing the registration process to become distributors. Until then, all pills must be collected at the abortion clinic or received by mail.

Some countries, such as Australia and Canada, already allow the abortion pill to be dispensed at pharmacies.

For more information on the abortion pill by post in your country, go to Tele-Abortion.

Do I Need a Prescription to Get the Abortion Pill?

Once a pharmacy is certified to provide the abortion pill, they can dispense it only on prescription. The abortion pill is heavily regulated because of the strain it places on the woman's body and the risks involved, such as heavy blood loss and incomplete abortion. Therefore, a doctor's supervision is necessary to avoid serious complications.

Is the Abortion Pill Available on Prescription in My State (USA)?

Only pharmacies located in US states where abortion is legal will be able to distribute the abortion pill. Additionally, restrictions may apply to Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, and Montana due to decisions made by the state attorneys general.

Costs to Fill an Abortion Pill Prescription

Currently, no information is available on the cost of abortion pills at your local pharmacy since distribution has not yet begun. Prices may vary according to pharmaceutical companies and insurance co-pays.

For more information on the cost of various abortion methods in your area, go to How Much Does an Abortion Cost?

    Over the Counter Abortion Pill

    No abortion medication is available without a prescription. Misoprostol, known as the over-the-counter abortion pill, can only be obtained by prescription in western nations. It is available at most pharmacies since its active ingredient, prostaglandin, is also used to treat gastric ulcers.

    Using misoprostol for abortive purposes is also referred to as Cytotec abortion, since Cytotec is one of the brand names of misoprostol.

    Misoprostol is identical to the second of the medication combination commonly prescribed as the “abortion pill.”

    Risks and Side Effects of Cytotec Abortion

    Using misoprostol for an abortion without mifepristone is less effective and more likely to cause side effects, increasing health risks and physical discomfort. According to the NY Times (03.08.2023), the need for physician intervention increases with a "miso-alone protocol."

    Since Cytotec is more widely available than the abortion pill, some women consider obtaining this medication from sources other than an abortion provider.

    ⚠️ Any abortion without medical supervision poses a higher risk to the woman’s health:

    • Frequently women miscalculate how far along they are, leading to a termination later than intended. The risk of serious complications drastically increases with medical abortions performed after the 10th week of pregnancy.
    • Ectopic pregnancies could be left undiagnosed, leading to a life-threatening situation.

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    Kerstin Dörbecker,
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