Paraguayan pharmacies and the sale of pseudo-abortifacients

Nelly Krayacich De Oddone, Michele G. Shedlint, Michael Welsh, Malcolm Potts, Paul Feldblum

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This study was conducted in 1985 in Asuncion, Paraguay, 6 years after the closure of the state supported family planning services. Data from national surveys in 1977 and 1987 permit a comparison of sources of contraceptive supplies before and after the elimination of government support for family planning. The purchase of pseudo-abortifacients from private pharmacies was used as an indication of induced abortion. After the loss of government clinics, it is suggested that some women turned to pharmacists to obtain pseudo-abortifacients when faced with unwanted pregnancy. There is an indication of increased pseudo-abortifacient use, particularly among unmarried women and those from poorer neighbourhoods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)201-209
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biosocial Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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