You may have heard that Australian pharmacist Dr John McBride told a woman to “get a second opinion” before taking a prescription abortion pill, and that the drugs could be “misused”.
But he also said that the medication could have “a fatal side effect” and he would be “very surprised” if it did.
And while he said he was “happy” to prescribe a medication for someone with a life-threatening disease, he said it would be extremely unlikely that it would lead to a life threatening event.
“I have to be very careful, because you don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.
Dr McBride has a reputation as a staunch opponent of abortion pills.
But he told the ABC the drugs were not safe for use in women with preeclampsia, a condition that can lead to pregnancy complications and can lead, in some cases, to death.
He said he did not believe the drug could cause “serious” harm to the woman, and suggested it was safer to use a non-opioid alternative.
Dr John M. McBride says he does not believe that prescription abortion pills should be used to terminate pregnancies in women who are at risk for preeclampia.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen “The drug does not have to kill.
The drug does kill,” he told 7.30.
“It doesn’t have to stop the pregnancy, but the drug does stop the fetus, which is a pretty rare thing to happen.”
Dr McBranches prescription is one of more than 10,000 that have been posted on his website since the controversy over the drugs broke in October.
It is unclear exactly how many prescriptions he has written, or what they contain.
McBride has also issued a warning on his site about the potential for “uncontrolled, non-specific and uncontrollable changes” in the medication.
It says it can be used by “nervous women who have never used a drug before”, and advises women to use it as a first-line option for women with a preeclamping condition.
“Women can also use the drug as a substitute for other drugs such as IVF or assisted reproductive technology,” it says.
“For a woman who is not yet pregnant, it is advised that she consult with her doctor prior to using the medication.”
While Dr McBridhes views on the drugs are not public, it’s clear from the website that he opposes the use of the drugs.
“There are many patients who do not need the medication, who have a nonlife threatening condition, who do need the drug to help stop pregnancy,” it reads.
“These patients are most likely to be in the first trimester of pregnancy and may require immediate treatment and are most vulnerable to the side effects of the medication,” it adds.
“In my experience, this drug can have an adverse effect on some patients and in some patients it can have a life saving effect.”
The anti-abortion group ACTP, which campaigns for stricter restrictions on abortion in Australia, has also published a statement in response to Dr Mcbranches warning.
It points out that it’s common for doctors to use the same prescription to prescribe different drugs in different patients, and states like NSW have had to introduce new laws to protect doctors’ “professional autonomy”.
“The Australian Medical Association, the Australian College of Gynaecologists and the Australian Medical Council have all made clear that the practice of prescribing prescription drugs for abortion is unacceptable and unsafe,” the statement says.
It also says the “health and safety of women and their babies” should be paramount.
The ACTP says it supports Dr Mcbrian’s views on abortion and supports the use by doctors of “appropriate and safe” medication.
“However, we do not agree with the notion that prescribing medicines for abortion and assisted reproductive technologies are ‘conspiracy theories’ and that there is a ‘cover-up’ at play,” the ACTP statement says, referring to Drs McBride and McBride’s criticism of the drug.
“We believe that Dr McBrien’s views are entirely valid and he has provided excellent information about the use and safety issues of the abortion pill and the related therapies.”
Dr John H. McBrandy, of the Australian Pharmaceutical Association, says Dr McConahy’s comments are incorrect.
“He has a great reputation in the pharmaceutical industry for being very pro-choice and for speaking out against the use in pregnancy of any medication that is not approved for use by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Authority,” Dr H.
“Dr McConachy has never advocated that patients be told what is in their medication and that their health should not be considered when prescribing them.”
We would welcome a response from the doctor to his remarks, as they do not reflect our position on the issue.
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