In June of 1989, President George Bush issued an import ban against the drug. He cited that the drug could result in widespread health problems. Then, when President Clinton took office in 1993, he lifted the ban on RU 486 that was previously imposed by President Bush. Finally, seven years later, after many tests and trials, the FDA approved RU 486 in September 2000.
Mifepristone has only been approved in a few European countries in the last few years. France, Britain, and Sweden had been the only countries to approve RU 486 until April of 1999, then Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Spain, and The Netherlands were added to this list. (FT Asia Intelligence Wire 1999) The European Drug Agency chose not to market the drug in Italy, Ireland, and Portugal. It has also recently been reported that Israel granted a license to market RU 486, and that Exelgyn has also registered RU 486 in both Switzerland and Russia. The European Company Exegyn is also preparing to apply for registration in Canada. RU 486 has numerous projected countries for usage such as: Kenya, India, South Africa, and Cuba, but the introduction