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US court ruling on abortion pill ‘undermines drug regulation’

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Pharmaceutical company leaders join US president in decrying impact on innovation and scientific decision-making

The United States president and pharmaceutical company leaders have criticised a court decision to freeze regulatory approval of a long-used abortion pill, saying the decision undermines the national drug regulator and threatens innovation.

US district judge Matthew Kacsmaryk ruled on 7 April to stay the US Food and Drug Administration’s 2000 approval of mifepristone, saying that the regulator had not taken sufficient account of safety issues.

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