Misoprostol (Cytotec)

Let us remember that it was women who discovered this drug in the first place, specifically to circumvent the weakness of the health-care system. Let us give them back this powerful tool and get out of their way - Francine Coeytaux & Elisa Wells

Misoprostol (Cytotec)

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