Last week Vanessa wrote about a new form of morning after pill, ellaOne (that can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy) is up for review by the FDA. The FDA released a statement today that ella is in fact effective against pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex.
Women’s health advocates have welcomed the potential for another emergency contraceptive option, but some critics contend the drug is more akin to the abortion pill, sold by Danco Laboratories as Mifeprex and also known as RU-486 or mifepristone.
HRA Pharma has said its drug, whose scientific name is ulipristal, works by preventing ovulation of a woman’s egg.
In their review, FDA staff scientists said the company’s studies showed no unexpected side effects in women, although reports of nausea, headache and abdominal pain were common.
It was not clear what effect the drug had, if any, when a woman still became pregnant despite taking it, they added.
They have yet to recommend it for the US market.