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The Wisconsin VMA executive director contacted the AVMA about reports that teenagers were using a "medication meant to induce abortions in cows" to abort unwanted pregnancies and avoid parental knowledge or the cost of an abortion.

The drugs mentioned included prostaglandins, Cystorelin, Factrel, Gonadorelin and Lutalyse. The WVMA executive director contacted the district school nurse, who verified that the district has received reports of this abuse.

Whether or not these reports prove to be true, this situation underscores the need for veterinarians to remain vigilant about storing, distributing, prescribing and using veterinary products that can pose human health risks.

In addition, food animal producers must be vigilant about all veterinary drugs they may be storing or using at their facilities.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Kimberly Anne May, DVM, MS, DACVS, Assistant Director, Department of Professional and Public Affairs Communications Division, American Veterinary Medical Association.