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US Pharma Group Opposing Abortion Pill Restrictions also Backs Republicans Attacking Drug

Group advocating to preserve FDA judgment in supreme court case also gave $125,000 to Republicans opposing mifepristone. (Click image for article.)

Photo: Boxes of mifepristone in Carbondale, Illinois, on 20 April 2023. Photograph: Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters

 

A top trade group for pharmaceutical companies has asked the US supreme court not to shred the power of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in an upcoming case that could cut access to a drug commonly used in abortions. But in a move that appears to undermine its own position, it has also given more than $125,000 to a GOP organization that backs the Republicans who want the supreme court to do exactly the opposite.

The trade group, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, or PhRMA, lobbies on behalf of brand-name drug manufacturers. In October and January, it filed briefs in an upcoming supreme court case that threatens to curtail access to a common abortion drug called mifepristone.

The high court will consider a ruling by the conservative fifth circuit court of appeals that, if upheld, would significantly roll back access to the drug, which has been expanded in a series of regulatory actions by the FDA. The supreme court justices may also rule on some of the more technical elements of the case, such as whether the anti-abortion activists have the legal right to bring the case in the first place.

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