The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized licensed pharmacies to distribute abortion medication to individuals who have a prescription, according to CNN.

The FDA's website states that two pills, misoprostol and mifepristone, can be used to induce a medical abortion when taken together.

"Mifepristone, when used together with another medicine called misoprostol, is used to end a pregnancy through ten weeks gestation," the website stated.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, these drugs could only be obtained, prescribed, and dispensed by a qualified healthcare provider. However, the FDA temporarily allowed the drug mifepristone to be ordered by mail without a prescription or permission from a clinic or hospital under public health orders. That change has now been made permanent.

The FDA's website also includes detailed instructions on how to properly use the drugs to induce an abortion, including the recommendation that users seek medical assistance from a healthcare provider "about seven to fourteen days after taking" the medication.

Danco Laboratories, the company that markets the drugs under the brand name Mifeprex, announced the policy change on its website with pride.

"Danco Laboratories is pleased to announce that on January 3, 2023, the FDA approved Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) modifications to the Mifepristone REMS Program," the homepage states.

To be certified as a provider or prescriber of the medication, applicants must fill out an online form provided by Danco Laboratories.

"At a time when people across the country are struggling to obtain abortion care services this modification is critically important to expanding access to medication abortion services," Danco announced.

"[This] will provide healthcare providers with an additional method for providing their patients with a safe and effective option for ending early pregnancy. Danco is proud and honored to continue the work with Mifeprex providers and the reproductive rights community that has spanned more than two decades," the press release states.

The Justice Department recently ruled that the U.S. Postal Service is permitted to deliver abortion medication by mail, stating that doing so does not violate the Comstock Act, a federal statute dating back to 1867 that prohibits the trade and distribution of "Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use."

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