UK firm seeks approval for first abortion pills in Japan

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Tokyo, 22 Dec. (Jiji Press)–The Japanese subsidiary of British pharmaceutical company Linepharma International Ltd. on Wednesday asked the Japanese Ministry of Health for approval of its abortion pills.

Abortion pills are used in more than 80 countries, according to a US non-profit organization, and the World Health Organization has recommended these pills as a safe method of abortion. However, the use of abortion pills has not yet been approved in Japan.

Linepharma has sought approval for mifepristone, which blocks the effects of progesterone, a key hormone needed to maintain pregnancy, and misoprostol, which causes the uterus to contract.

In clinical trials in Japan, 93% of pregnant women up to nine weeks had successful abortions within 24 hours of taking the pills and no major issues were found with the safety of the pills.

In Japan, abortions are mainly performed through a procedure called dilation and curettage, which involves removing tissue from inside the uterus using metal equipment. The method places heavy pressure on women as it comes with a high rate of complications such as infectious diseases.

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