Hail to misoprostol and the women of El Salvador exercising choice…

As many of you may know I have never been a great fan of the international  pharmaceutical complex, known for its frequent experimentation on unsuspecting populations in developing nations, there over inflated costs of HIV/AIDS drugs and their shameless profiteering.  However,  I do appreciate them for making  misoprostol available and affordable internationally.  Why , you may ask?  Because “This illicit trade in misoprostol has cut the rate of maternal deaths in El Salvador significantly, says Sofia Villalta Delgado, with the Salvadoran Ministry of Health. Before misoprostol, women were regularly turning up at hospitals with major complications from botched abortions.

“When we were students and when we first started in medicine, women were arriving at the hospital totally septic, with infection in their entire abdomen,” she says through a translator. “You had to take out the whole uterus.”

This has gone down significantly, she adds.

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