The president of New Brunswick province’s medical society is calling on to the state to come up with a comprehensive plan for women’s access to sex education and birth control. While most have applauded the government’s decision to make the Mifegymiso
available in way that local women can buy abortion pill free of charge.
Nevertheless many feel that state funding to bear the abortion pill cost doesn’t add up to the strategy. President of the local medical society commented that there was a need
to proffer better sex education in schools in order to decrease the rates of teen pregnancy rates.
If there is a better access and understanding of sex education and birth control the need to buy abortion pills online or access surgical procedures will be reduced. Therefore she stated that providing easy access to pregnancy termination was good but the state also needed to work upstream.
Provision of Mifegymiso in Brunswick
The Canadian Health Minister had announced last week that all New Brunswick women with a valid Medicare card will be liable to receive abortion pill kit Mifegymiso absolutely free of cost. This medication kit which contains two required abortion pills – Mifepristone and Misoprostol which is taken to end an early pregnancy which is within 49 days of gestation. The Mifegymiso costs up to $300.
Spokesperson of Canadian Department of Education speaks up
The spokesperson of the Dept. of Education and early childhood development commented that both Francophone and Anglophone school districts provide education about responsible behavior when it comes to sexuality as a part of the health curriculum.
The representative also added that the health curriculum and physical education for Grade 8thtouched up on becoming sexually active. This course includes subjects such as abstinence keeping the baby pregnancy contraception abortion and STDs/ STIs.
She added that career planning and personal development curriculum in 10th and 9th Grade was updated 2 years ago to include subjects like healthy relationships sexual health diversity sexual orientation as well as gender identity and civic resources that assist in maintaining sexual health.
Medical training expected to pick up traction
The president of the medical society Canada stated that she expects the request for medical training from physicians to increase to meet the access demand. At the time of Mifegymiso announcement only a total amount of 24 pharmacists and doctors had completed/ registered the six-hour training required to prescribe the drug and dispense it.
Now that the state has decided to pay for the medical pregnancy termination more women will be able to request for it. Thus more physicians will take the online training - as the request increases more physicians would receive the online training to fulfill the need for access.
Pharmacists will play a crucial role
The executive director of the of the pharmacists’ association of New Brunswick commented that the regulations surround the medication will be fluid at the moment. He opined that it was not yet clear if pharmacists can order the product as they would generally through pharmacy distribution systems.
Nevertheless the pharmacists can play a crucial role in the patient care and distribution with the drug to warrant it is proffered in an efficient safe and timely manner.