Abortion Drug RU-486 Company Admits to Death of Five Women

NEW YORK, July 19, 2005 ( - Abortion drug RU-486 manufacturer, Danco Laboratories, admitted Monday that there have been five deaths of women using their baby-killing medication, but denied any link between the drug and the deaths.

“No causal relationship between these events and the use of Mifeprex and misoprostol has been established,” claimed Danco Labs Medical Director Richard Hausknecht, M.D., in a release. “Childbirth, menstruation and abortion, whether spontaneous, surgical or medical, all create conditions that can result in serious and sometimes fatal infection, and there is no evidence that Mifeprex and misoprostol present a special risk of infection,” he added.

The press release came as the company decided to include a label warning stating that serious side effects may accompany use of the pill, including death. “Danco is working with the FDA to update the Mifeprex® labeling, Medication Guide and Patient Agreement with this information,” the release claimed.

“It really boggles my mind that there is never the same reaction, when [a drug] has to do with abortion, that there is to [side-effects associated] with other drugs,” stated Campaign Life Coalition spokesman Rhonda Wood, in comments to Tuesday. Take Vioxx or Celebrex as examples, Wood continued. “Everyone is up in arms,” about the negative effects of these drugs, as reported by the media, she said. “It doesn’t make any sense at all, that no one is considering the chemical effects on women.”

In January, Concerned Women for America (CWA) posted on its Web site public documents revealing approximately 600 serious complications suffered by women who used the abortion drug RU-486. “While not all adverse events are reported, these reports confirm three deaths caused by RU-486, including 18-year-old Holly Patterson, who died after taking the drug in September 2003,” said Wendy Wright, CWA’s senior policy director. “Healthy women who take RU-486 can end up with life-threatening, even fatal, complications. Reports show case upon case of women being rushed to hospital emergency rooms after taking RU-486,” she said.

The abortion pill has been the cause of numerous deaths around the world. Legalized in the United States in September 2000, the pill has been responsible for the deaths of at least five women in North America. In 5-8 percent of cases, RU-486 causes severe complications. Danco, the drug’s manufacturer, has reported at least 400 adverse events since RU-486 was approved in the U.S.

See related coverage: Public Documents Reveal Numerous RU-486 Complications Abortion-Drug Manufacturer Sued by Parents of Teen Who Died Using RU-486

See the Concerned Women for America report: “RU-486: Killer Pills”


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