Pharmacies in the United States are now allowed to offer the prescription medication mifepristone, if they meet certain U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules. Mifepristone is used for abortion care and miscarriage care, along with another medication called misoprostol. Misoprostol is already available by prescription in most pharmacies. Both medications are safe and effective.

It will take time for mifepristone to become available in pharmacies. And you will still need a prescription to get it. But not all pharmacies will offer the medication. Some cannot because of state abortion laws, and others may choose not to do so.

Read Abortion Care to learn more about medication abortion and abortion access.

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Published: January 2023

Last reviewed: January 2023

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