As many state officials threatened legal action, Walgreens made an announcement that it will not be dispensing a popular abortion drug in several jurisdictions where the pills are still permitted. The business stated that it does not intend to apply for approval from the Food and Drug Administration to distribute mifepristone, the first of two drugs used to induce abortions, by mail or at their physical locations in a number of states where abortions and the medication used to induce them are still legal, including Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, and Montana.
Politico was informed by Walgreens that all letters issued to the corporation by state regulators had subsequently been answered. More than 20 Republican attorneys general had urged the business not to dispense the abortion drug.
Kris Kobach, the attorney general of Kansas, had warned the pharmacy chain that he would take legal action against them if they tried to sell the abortion drug in the state. Late last month, Kobach announced that Walgreens had confirmed they will not be selling the abortion drug in Kansas.
The pro-life movement and women’s health have won a big win thanks to this, Kobach said in a statement. Without a supervising doctor present, the distribution of these medications would put women at risk for difficulties and possibly even coercion. I appreciate Walgreens’ prompt and thoughtful response and their commitment to upholding the law in its entirety.
Many individuals have called for a boycott of the corporation on Twitter in response to the decision not to sell the abortion drug in places where it is permitted.
“When threatened by the right wing, American women will let [Walgreens] know how we feel about their cowardice. #BoycottWalgreens, “One individual tweeted.
According to a Walgreens spokesman, the business was aware that certain state rules governing the prescription would prevent it from being prescribed at all of its sites.
“At this moment, we are not giving out Mifepristone. We want to apply for certification as a pharmacy under the program, but we are aware that if we do so, we might not be authorized to administer Mifepristone anywhere “explained the spokeswoman.
Retail pharmacies may obtain certification from the FDA to deliver abortion drugs to customers who have a prescription from a licensed healthcare professional, according to a statement made by the FDA earlier this year. Historically, clinics, doctors’ offices, hospitals, or under the direct supervision of a licensed healthcare professional had to prescribe and deliver abortion medicine.
Although it has not made it clear in which states it aims to sell the medicine, CVS has also stated that it intends to go through the certification process to offer the abortion pill.