Mifeprex (also known as RU 486) is one of the two kinds of pills administered for a medical abortion in the period of time of 7 to 9 weeks of pregnancy; what the pill does is to block a hormone needed to maintain a pregnancy. Then, the woman has to take another pill called Cytotec (also called misoprostol). This pill produces contractions to finish the pregnancy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the pills in September 2000 and ever since, over 450,000 have used these pills to ending pregnancies. Mifeprex is produced by Danco Laboratories.
It was on November 2004 when Danco put a warning to the packages, advising the users about the secondary effects of the drug. They also advise the doctors about the risks and possible fatal infections linked to Mifeprex. The symptoms that a woman can present from using the pill are: weakness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and fever. Fortunately, physicians can immediately help these women with antibiotics that include anaerobic bacteria called clostridium (sordellii). There have been four deaths in the US and one in Canada; all of their deaths were linked to the use of the two pills
Statistics show that the average deaths are of 1 per 100,000 consumers and according to specialists, it is a very low risk. However, it is still risky for any medicine to have such strong secondary effects. If you have suffered some infection from these drugs, or someone you know has died for using them, contact your attorney and ask if you can file a lawsuit against the company that produces them.