Mifeprex abortion pill supplier says he’s ready for whatever happens after Supreme Court overturns roe deer v. Wade last Friday, removing the constitutional right to abortion.
Last week, before the ruling, Danco Laboratories predicted it would have enough supply to handle a rush of women seeking self-directed abortions. “We’re ready for any push,” a company spokesperson told ABC News. “Our supply is stable and plentiful.”
Now Danco, which distributes the abortion-inducing drug mifepristone under the brand name Mifeprex, said it has not yet experienced a shortage and maintains it can handle any post-roe deer request, reports Bloomberg.
“We are very confident in our position to be able to meet any increase in demand that may arise, especially in states that are becoming a safe haven.[s] for women in banned states,” Danco spokeswoman Abby Long told Bloomberg.
For more than 20 years, the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of mifepristone to terminate a pregnancy less than 10 weeks old. According to the FDA, the drug works by blocking the hormone progesterone and is usually followed by another drug, misoprostol, which causes cramping and bleeding to empty the uterus.
More than half of abortions in the United States that took place in 2020 used abortion pills, according to a report by the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights research organization.
The drug is not currently available over the counter, but Danco Laboratories told ABC it is working with federal regulators to allow pharmacies to sell the drug by the end of the year. Danco was the only US provider of abortion pills until the FDA approved a generic version of GenBioPro’s mifepristone in 2019.
Neither Danco Laboratories nor GenBioPro responded to requests for comment from Fortune.
However, telemedicine abortion care providers are anticipating and preparing for increased demand ahead. These services connect patients with medical providers for online consultations and send abortion pills by mail, where state laws permit.
Virtual clinic Hey Jane said that following the Supreme Court ruling, traffic to its site increased nearly 10-fold and patient demand more than doubled from last month’s average.
“This spike in interest shows us that people are increasingly curious about telemedicated abortion as it becomes an exceptionally viable option in the wake of Roe’s overthrow,” said its CEO, Kiki Freedman. Fortune.
The request came from “an increase in the number of patients reporting that they come to Hey Jane due to longer than expected wait times for appointments” in recent months due to restricted access to abortion in states like Texas. The clinic now sees 25 times as many patients a day as it did 15 months ago, Freedman said.
Another online provider of abortion pills, Just the Pill, said it received more than 260 requests following the ruling from Friday to Monday. Previously, he typically received 20-25 requests a day.
At the same time, pharmacies have seen a significant increase in demand for emergency contraceptives such as Plan B, forcing Walmart, RiteAid and CVS to limit the number a customer can purchase.
“Due to increased demand, we are currently limiting purchases of Plan B birth control pills to three per customer,” RiteAid said. Fortune.
A Walmart spokesperson said: “Many of our products have online purchase limits in place. In times of fluctuating demand, these limits may change.
“Immediately following the Supreme Court ruling, we saw a surge in the sale of emergency contraceptives and implemented a temporary purchase limit to ensure equitable access,” CVS said. The pharmacy chain said Tuesday that sales of these products had returned to normal.
“We are in the process of removing purchase limits, which will go into effect in-store and on CVS.com over the next 24 hours. We continue to have an adequate supply of emergency contraceptives to meet customer needs,” a company spokesperson said. Fortune. As of Wednesday morning, the original purchase limit of three was no longer in place for Plan B and Aftera on its website.
June 29, 2022: This story has been updated to include commentary from SVC.
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