Controversial FDA approved drug claims another life

 The FDA won't touch this because it is a political hot
button.  But scores of young women suffer big side effects ,
including death.    This death occured in the U.K.  Many
happen here too.  

A Christian teenager in Britain has become at least the 14th
person to die after using the controversial abortafacient RU-486.

The girl essentially bled to death, according to Dr. Randall O'Bannon of the National Right to Life Committee,
and it took three years before the news even surfaced. But Dr. O'Bannon
believes the recorded deaths and serious side effects of RU-486 are
only the tip of the iceberg.

He says many of the complications associated with the abortafacient go
unreported -- unless there is an inquiry or investigation -- because
the federal government does not require it. In fact, the cases
involving serious complications may not be accurate.

"I think the last time I saw the report it was something like
900-and-something women who had serious complications," he reports.
That number not only included women who had died, but women who had
come close to dying, says O'Bannon.

O'Bannon believes RU-486 is a dangerous drug that warrants additional
federal action. He is also under the belief that the manufacturer is
more concerned about promoting an agenda than protecting women's lives.


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I clicked on the link to see what sort of documentation it provided. I wasn't terribly surprised to see that there was no verifiable city, no date the incident happened, no name or age, etc. Just a vague "teenager in Britain."

"News" articles from websites with an obvious agenda only discredit their cause...its a shame, because you may have been able to find an actual legitimate news story about RU-486.

This reads much more like an opinion based supposition rather then a fact based news report. The fact that it comes from the Right to life committee futher sullies it for me. Yes, in case you wondered I believe in a woman's right to choose. 


FDA Says 2 More Women Have Died After Taking Abortion Pill Agency Is Investigating; 7 Fatalities Now Tied to RU-486 By Marc Kaufman Washington Post Staff Writer The Food and Drug Administration reported yesterday that two more women have died after taking the RU-486 abortion pill, bringing to seven the number of fatalities associated with the drug since it was approved for use in 2000. The agency said that it was investigating the new reports, provided by the manufacturer of the drug, but so far was not able to confirm any cause of death. In four earlier fatalities of California women who had undergone medical abortions, the victims died of a form of blood poisoning caused by Clostridium sordellii , a common but rarely fatal bacterium. Opponents of abortion quickly described the FDA advisory as another reason to ban the abortion pill, sold as Mifeprex. "RU-486 is a deadly drug that is killing pregnant women," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who has co-sponsored a bill to take the drug off the market pending a review, said in a statement. "This drug should never have been approved, and it must be suspended immediately." But supporters said that the pill, which has been used worldwide for years, remains safe. "To put this in context . . . 560,000 medication abortions have occurred in the United States. We know of seven reported deaths of women who had medication abortions in North America," Vanessa Cullins, vice president for medical affairs of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement. "At this time, none of those deaths have been directly attributed" to the abortion pill, she said. Though commonly known as RU-486, this medical abortion actually entails taking two pills. The first, an antiprogestin, binds itself to the wall of the uterus, triggering the shedding of the uterine wall and not allowing the embryo to become implanted. One or two days later, the woman takes another drug -- misoprostol -- that causes her cervix to soften and dilate so the embryo can be expelled. As a precaution, Cullins said, Planned Parenthood is changing its policy on how medical abortions should be administered. In the past, many women received misoprostol vaginally, although the FDA had never reviewed or approved that method. Vaginal use is considered to be more effective and has fewer side effects, but Cullins said that her organization would no longer recommend that method. In its advisory, the FDA pointedly said that the safety and effectiveness of vaginal use of the second drug "has not been established." It also said that providers of medical abortion and emergency-room staffs should investigate the possibility of blood poisoning whenever women who have taken the drugs come in complaining of nausea, vomiting or weakness unassociated with fever or other signs of infection. The FDA said yesterday that it did not know whether the clostridium bacteria played any role in the most recent deaths, but the agency did establish that it was present in four earlier fatalities. One other death related to medical abortion was in a woman who had an ectopic pregnancy -- a condition where RU-486 is not considered appropriate. The issue of clostridium infection will be discussed at a public workshop in May hosted by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The bacterium has been associated with a small number of deaths and more hospitalizations involving both medical abortions and skin grafts. The agency's handling of the seven deaths of women who had undergone medical abortion was criticized by opponents of the drug. "The FDA has pulled other drugs that have caused fewer deaths and less severe complications than RU-486," Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America, said in a statement. "Why the double-standard for an abortion drug that is now linked to the deaths of seven healthy women and over 800 other reported complications?" Opponents of medical abortion filed a citizen's petition with the FDA soon after the drug was approved for use, but the FDA has never acted on it. In addition, Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-Md.) introduced a bill in 2003 -- called Holly's Law, after Holly Patterson, an 18-year-old California woman who died following a medical abortion -- that would ban use of RU-486. The bill has 79 co-sponsors. Bartlett said yesterday that the maker of Mifeprex, Danco Laboratories LLC, should pull the drug from the market. If it refuses, he said, the FDA should force its withdrawal.



Then, last September, an 18-year-old named Holly Patterson died after an RU-486 abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic in CA. An autopsy found that she died of septic shock caused by endomyometritis, an inflammation of the uterus, "due to therapeutic, drug-induced abortion."

One other American, one Canadian, two Britons and one Swede are also known to have died after taking RU-486. And on Monday, the FDA revealed that a third American woman died last January…this newspaper reported that the agency "has received 676 reports of problems with the drug, including 17 ectopic pregnancies, 72 cases of blood loss so severe that they required transfusions and 7 cases of serious infections."

An RU-486 abortion is not a "little white pill," as its advocates like to say, but actually a two-drug regimen, consisting of 600 milligrams of mifepristone followed, one to two days later, by 400 milligrams of a drug called misoprostol. The first pill starves the developing embryo, the second induces uterine contractions to expel it and other tissue.

Serious dangers can arise if a pregnant woman takes the first pill but fails to take the second, or if she or her clinic miscalculate dates, since the dangers of the regimen substantially increase after 49 days from conception, and the ability to cause a complete abortion significantly decreases.

Infection caused by an incomplete abortion that leaves fetal tissue in the uterus has been linked to two deaths while bleeding caused by an incomplete abortion has been linked to one near-death. In addition, RU-486 may mask symptoms of ectopic pregnancy (linked to one death) or lead to cardiac problems, including a myocardial infarction in a 21-year-old woman three days after an abortion.

So how did such a dangerous drug get approval? Investigations of the records have shown that five standard procedural and scientific requirements to prove safety and effectiveness were circumvented to get RU-486 onto the market quickly.

The most serious was the FDA's approval of the drug solely on the basis of uncontrolled clinical trials, contrary to the agency's standard requirement of two randomized, blinded and controlled tests for new drug applications.

Second, the agency approved the drug using its "accelerated approval regulations," which were created by Congress for drugs with higher risks that are justified only because the drugs are better than current therapies for life-threatening illnesses like AIDS and cancer. Pregnancy, needless to say, isn't an illness, serious or life-threatening.

Third, the agency mandated a previously unapproved use for misoprostol, the second drug in the chemical abortion process, over the objections of its manufacturer, Searle. The company had created and marketed the drug to treat gastric ulcers.

Fourth, the FDA approved RU-486 for use without the safeguards observed in the original clinical tests. For example, the agency did not require those who write prescriptions for RU-486 to order an ultrasound, which is necessary to both date pregnancies (ensuring the 49-day limit) and to rule out ectopic pregnancies, in which the fetus develops outside the uterus. Because RU-486 cannot end an ectopic pregnancy and in some cases mimics the symptoms of one, it is extremely difficult to diagnosis one after the drug is taken. If untreated, ectopic pregnancy can be fatal.

Last, the agency approved the drug for use on women of any age, yet it had no clinical data on the impact on those under 18. This was contrary to the

To put this in context . . . 560,000 medication abortions have occurred in the United States. We know of seven reported deaths of women who had medication abortions in North America

If you take every medication off the market that could possibly have lead to the death of even one person then there would be no medications at all anywhere. There are hundreds of Viagra-related deaths on record and they aren't pulling that off the shelves are they?

According to the article you've posted none of those seven have even been proven to have been because RU-486.


Maybe the antiabortionists should just own up to the fact that what really irritates them about this pill is that a woman can go to her regular doctor for it instead of a clinic where she can be verbally and possibly physically abused by people who think they have the right to judge her and make choices for her.

Can't blow her up in a pipe bomb through the clinic window if she can just visit her regular doctor now can they?


This is the first clue about the intent of the article.

Why do we demarcate people by religion in addition to the young person being from the U.S.

We want people to come together and talk and discuss and we use skin color, religious leanings, ethnic and so on, to describe us and separate us.

There are risks in almost every medicine, heck, there is even an asthma medicine that as side effect, it may cause breathing problems.

Cogitate, why is it relevant to note this teenager's religion?

Pink Slip

I'd bet that with a little research, I could find 14 people who have died due to asprin...

I can't take aspirin, Advil, Aleve, Ibuprophen, etc. - causes stomach bleeds. I've had two massive stomach hemmorages, due to taking aspirin. I'm fine as long as I don't take that stuff. But doctors are so paranoid to prescribe anything for pain that works, it was a last resort. I was told by ICU docs, that most people die on their third bleed - so yes, it's possible to die from aspirin. Good example, Viagra. And you're right - every drug has side effects that can damage or kill people - you just dont hear about them unless they're attached to a controvercial topic.

To put this in context . . . 560,000 medication abortions have occurred in the United States. We know of seven reported deaths of women who had medication abortions in North America,

The anti-freedom folks have been using this argument since they started oppressing a free society. Someone died of it, therefore we must make it illegal. For the children.

Water has killed more people than RU486, guns or aspirin combined. Let's make water illegal.

Mad Jack
Mad Jack's Shack

afternoon and watch the teenagers go in there without their parents to
get an abortion. It is heartbreaking. - Yes, we are our brother's
keeper. They are confused and hurting and just want a listening ear.
Many will talk to a compassionate person outside. RU 486 requires 2
visits . I guess it 's better to take this drug than to bear a child.
Never mind the potential for complications and long term psychological
stress .

"I guess it 's better to take this drug than to bear a child."


If the woman doesn't want the child then just maybe it is. Thats up to her though, not you. Unless you've walked a mile in her shoes, as the saying goes, you have no idea what its like to be her. So how can you choose for her?

But in our society we have all kinds of do gooders saving cats , dogs ,
whales, every kind of life form except for babies. If you want to save
babies, then you are just a Jesus freak. Future generations will look
back on our time as a schitzophrenic society.

I just rescued a female kitten, not even a year old. She was pregnant. I had her fixed and the kittens were aborted. I couldn't justify bringing more cats into the world when there are so many unwanted ones in shelters already.

Oh pulleeze!

There are multiple organizations set up to help babies.

What they don't do is firebomb clinics, or shoot doctors or throw pints of pigs blood on to people entering the clinics. They don't walk about with red paint dipped baby dolls or threaten scared and emotional women with hell and damnation.


I never called anyone a Jesus freak. I don't really give a flying rat's ass what the religion is of people who claim to be on the side of preserving life yet don't seem to have a problem murdering people.


I don't have an issue with giving someone information.

I celebrate giving a woman information about ALL the options when it comes to an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy.


Thats a long way off from telling her she'll burn in hell or flashing pictures of dead babies at her.


But if you really want to go there... when an "do gooder" as you call them saves an animal, they take care of it. They feed it and love it, get it medical care and give it a good home or find one for it.

Antiabortionists on the other had seem to feel their job is over when the woman chooses not to have an abortion. They say they "saved" that baby.


Are they there to help take care of that unwanted baby? Will they help feed it and love it, get it medical care and help the woman give it a good home or find one for it if she can't?

Our society is no more schizophrenic than the eras that preceeded it. "Women have been getting abortions for ages - dying in backroom, illegal abortions in dirty environments, left to bleed to death - by butchers who called themselves doctors. Just this week I have seen two articles about two women under age 24 who each have 5-6 kids, living in poverty, in drug houses because they can't afford to live elsewhere. I find it interesting, that many who say abortions are immoral, are usually those who've never given birth or adopted themselves. Women abort for many reasons - few women abort because it's a birth control method. No birth control is 100 percent guaranteed to work - there are failure rates. Some of these women cant afford to feed themselves or their existing kids as it is. Some abort due to incestual pregnancies or rape - or because they are very young, and dont want to destroy their future by having to leave school. I highly doubt that any women go into abortion clinics without regret or pain - it's a very difficult choise. And it's an extreme act of arrogance to presume to judge another about these thiings.

An emotional statement to make and not even remotely close to being accurate.

There are many people from all corners that work to save babies. People tend to sensationalize topics and issues.

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