Pharmacy World & Science

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 400–403 | Cite as

Mifepristone in Italy: the case of a drug trapped between ethics and clinical practice

  • Roberto BanfiEmail author
  • Eleonora Pavone
  • Rita Cerri
  • Monica Menichetti
Original Paper


In Italy mifepristone is not yet marketed. Gynaecologists in our hospital asked to use this medication as a less traumatic method for voluntary abortions. We followed the standard procedure defined by the Italian Health Ministry (IMH) for purchasing drugs from abroad but encountered several unexpected barriers. Starting from this case, this paper is aimed at identifying these barriers which we found to be not only professional, but also ethical, religious and moral.


Abortion Contraception Ethics Italy Mifeprosone Politics Religion Social pharmacy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberto Banfi
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Eleonora Pavone
    • 1
  • Rita Cerri
    • 3
  • Monica Menichetti
    • 3
  1. 1.Pharmacy DepartmentAzienda USL11 EmpoliTuscanyItaly
  2. 2.Regional Ethic Committee of TuscanyTuscanyItaly
  3. 3.Obstetrics and Gynaecologic DepartmentAzienda USL11 EmpoliTuscanyItaly

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