''Mifeprex has been used in more than 500,000 medical abortions in the United States since its approval in September 2000. The risks of death from infection after using the pill are similar to the risks after surgical abortion or childbirth, said Dr. Steven Galson, director of the F.D.A.'s center for drugs.''
''No similar deaths have been reported in Europe, where Mifeprex is widely used.''
''More than 2 million Americans become seriously ill every year because of toxic reactions to correctly prescribed medicines taken properly, and 106.000 die from those reactions, a new study concludes.''
If all drugs involved were taken off the market, the deaths resulting would be much more.
''Merck & Co.?s arthritis drug Vioxx may have led to more than 27,000 heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths before it was pulled from the market last week, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing an unreleased study by government regulators.''
Two deaths out of 500,000 is ,0000004. If the 500,000 were increased to include the much greater use of the drug in Europe, you'd need a wide piece of paper to record the fraction.
Few important drugs have that good a record.