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Rite Aid to dispense abortion pill in a limited number of stores

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2023-01-19T20:48:51Z

A woman shops inside of a Rite Aid store underneath a DeepCam security camera in New York City, New York, U.S., June 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Rite Aid Corp (RAD.N) plans to dispense abortion medication in a limited number of its pharmacies and will serve customers either in person or through mail delivery, the U.S. drugstore chain said on Thursday.

The company aims to dispense the pill, mifepristone, in compliance with federal and state laws.

“We are committed to ensuring equitable access to customers prescribed this product”, Rite Aid said in an emailed statement.

Earlier in January, rivals Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) and CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) said that they planned to offer abortion pills following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decision to allow retail pharmacies to offer the drug in the country for the first time.

Medication abortion has drawn increasing attention since the U.S. Supreme Court last June overturned its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had legalized abortion nationwide.

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