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Abortion Pills to Hit Italian Markets Soon

by Medindia Content Team on  December 18, 2007 at 7:30 PM Drug News   - G J E 4
Italy's pharmaceutical watchdog in the next few months may approve sales of a pill to end a pregnancy after five to seven weeks, the Corriere della Sera reported Monday.
Abortion Pills to Hit Italian Markets Soon
Abortion Pills to Hit Italian Markets Soon
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The French laboratory Exelgyn is seeking authorisation to sell RU 486, an emergency contraceptive with the brand name Mifegyn, in Italy, which could give a green light to the sales by February or March, the newspaper said.

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"We have pledged to make it available (in Italy)," Health Minister Livia Turco told the paper. "It is not a political choice but an administrative act."

She said no member state of the European Union could bar the distribution of a drug that is already on sale elsewhere in the 27-nation bloc.

In 2005, experimental use of RU 486 in three Italian hospitals provoked an outcry from Catholic and conservative groups.

Corriere said Promed Galileo, a US scientific organisation grouping Catholic associations and medical practitioners, had urged Italy's Medicines Agency to bar sales of the drug here.

Abortion was legalised in Italy in 1978, but as a result of pressure from the Vatican, doctors can refuse to perform abortions as "conscientious objectors."

Source: AFP
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