Roussel Uclaf 38486 (RU 486), also known as mifepristone, has become a major focal point in today's society. RU 486 has one primary purpose, to abort an unborn child from its mother's womb. RU 486 has various projected uses that may be both beneficial and hazardous.
Etienne-Emile Baulieu (1991) defines RU 486 as " ¦a chemical compound that, taken in pill form, can induce abortion in women up to nine weeks pregnant. This compound gets the first part of its name from French company, Roussel Uclaf, which first developed the abortion pill back in 1980. The "486 designation is the shortened version of the original "38486 compound number that the pill was assigned in the Roussel Uclaf laboratory.
According to Daniel S. Levy (2000), mifepristone originated in France in 1980. In 1982, the Roussel Uclaf laboratory reported its first successful human testing of RU 486. In 1983, the population council received FDA approval to test RU 486 in the United States for six years, during which 300 women received the drug at the University of Southern California. The French Health Ministry went on to approve RU 486, combined with prostaglandin, in 1988, to use for medical