Restrictions eased on RU486

Any doctor who completes an online training course will be able to prescribe the abortion drug mifepristone, after the Therapeutic Goods Administration approved its registration.

The surprise announcement overrides previous restrictions that have limited prescribing to authorised prescribers since mifepristone first arrived in Australia in 2006.

Family planning service provider Marie Stopes International Australia sponsored the application and will be the drug’s