FDA declares 51 contraceptives as non-abortifacients

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 12) — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Sunday released a list of 51 contraceptives which will be re-certified as safe and non-abortifacient, paving the way for the implementation of one of the key measures of the Reproductive Health Law.

This effectively lifts the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court in 2015, and allows the Health Department to distribute over 200,000 implants in their inventory before they expire in September next year.

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“Per the FDA’s Resolutions dated 10 November 2017, the foregoing contraceptive products have been determined to be non-abortifacient,” the FDA said in its advisory.

Included in the list are implants like Implanon and Implanon NXT; injectables like Protec, intrauterine devices Mirena and Securit-T; and pills or oral contraceptives like Estrelle, Daphne, Yasmin, and Nordette, among others.

 

The implementation of the Reproductive Health Law  which was enacted in 2012 was stalled ago after pro-life groups claimed contraceptives were abortifacients.

The Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order against implants Implanon and Implanon NXT in June 2015. This prohibited the FDA from granting pending applications for the registration and recertification of contraceptives.

READ: Supreme Court: No TRO vs RH Law implementation, contraceptives

In July 2017, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno ruled that the restraining order will be lifted as soon as FDA certifies the contraceptives are non-abortifacients.