Pharmacists can dispense mifepristone for abortions
New ANSIRH research tested how well it would work to have pharmacists give mifepristone to patients directly. The pharmacists received training and then provided mifepristone to patients who were eligible for medication abortion.
Most pharmacists were willing to be trained, supported providing mifepristone directly and agreed that the model was beneficial. They felt that one hour of training was enough and had few challenges providing the medication. At the end of the study, there had more knowledge about medication abortion, especially in areas related to providing the medication like dosing, efficacy and safety. These findings support removing the FDA restrictions on pharmacists providing patients with mifepristone.