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  • Press Release

    AAMC Encouraged by SCOTUS Decision on Mifepristone Access

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    Christina Spoehr, Sr. Media Relations Specialist

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement on the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States in U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine :

    “The AAMC is encouraged by today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling in FDA v. Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, in which the court reversed a 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision that would have limited access to the drug mifepristone. The court held that the plaintiffs who challenged the FDA did not have standing to contest the agency’s regulatory action.

    In an amicus brief to the court, the AAMC had expressed grave concerns about the negative impact on the clinical delivery and research missions of academic medicine that would have been realized if the lower court ruling was allowed to stand, asserting that ‘permitting an individual court or judge to substitute his or her opinions for the FDA’s expert judgment threatens to upset this established, and highly successful, science-driven process and undermines the very authority Congress granted to the FDA. [The result] would undercut more than eight decades of progress since the passage of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, imperiling innovative, life- saving research and product development and threatening patient care.’ We are relieved that today’s outcome preserves the FDA’s evidence-based decision on this drug’s well-established safety and efficacy.”

    The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit association dedicated to improving the health of people everywhere through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 158 U.S. medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education; 13 accredited Canadian medical schools; approximately 400 academic health systems and teaching hospitals, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools, academic health systems and teaching hospitals, and the millions of individuals across academic medicine, including more than 193,000 full-time faculty members, 96,000 medical students, 153,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Following a 2022 merger, the Alliance of Academic Health Centers and the Alliance of Academic Health Centers International broadened participation in the AAMC by U.S. and international academic health centers.