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Happy anniversary mifepristone: a decade of promise and challenges

      September 29, 2010, marks the 10th anniversary of Food and Drug Administration's approval of Mifeprex (mifepristone) in the United States. That moment 10 years ago brought women the promise of increased access to early, safe, noninvasive abortion and the potential mainstreaming of abortion services into the larger scope of routine comprehensive women's health care [
      • Clark W.H.
      • Gold M.
      • Grossman D.
      • Winikoff B.
      Can mifepristone medical abortion be simplified? A review of the evidence and questions for future research.
      ,
      • Finer L.B.
      • Wei J.
      Effect of mifepristone on abortion access in the United States.
      ]. The arduous 12-year path to approval required an intensive level of collaboration among key professional, advocacy and research organizations, working closely to navigate abortion-related politics and meet the natural challenges of introducing a new medical option to women and their health care providers.
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