Former FDA commissioners urge SCOTUS to preserve agency’s regulations of abortion pill
A group of former top FDA officials are asking the Supreme Court to uphold the agency’s regulation of the abortion pill mifepristone, according to an amicus brief filed in the case on Thursday.
The brief is authored by former FDA commissioners David Kessler, Jane Henney, Margaret Hamburg, and former acting commissioners Michael Friedman, Joshua Sharfstein, Stephen Ostroff and Norman Sharpless.
The core issue at stake is whether the Supreme Court will uphold the Fifth Circuit’s decision to reverse the FDA’s conditions for prescribing mifepristone, which the agency has tweaked over the years to allow the pill to be prescribed online, dispensed in pharmacies and distributed to patients by mail. Mifepristone is commonly used alongside misoprostol to end a pregnancy.
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