Federal health officials have approved a new type of morning-after contraceptive that works longer than the current leading drug on the market.
The pill ella from HRA Pharma reduces the chance of pregnancy up to five days after sex. Plan B, the most widely used emergency contraceptive pill, begins losing its ability to prevent pregnancy within three days of sex.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Friday as a prescription-only birth control option. The ruling clears the way for U.S. sales of the drug, which is already approved in Europe.
Morristown, N.J.-based Watson Pharmaceuticals will market the drug in the U.S. under an agreement with HRA. Watson said it will launch the pill in the fourth quarter.
Studies of ella by its manufacturer showed the drug prevented pregnancies longer and more consistently than Plan B…
Despite this, the drug has drawn criticism from anti-abortion groups…hypocritical liars who would take every aspect of American sexual life back to the 19th Century in BibleVille.
Abortion rights groups hailed the approval as an important step for the FDA, which was criticized in 2006 for its handling of Plan B’s approval…
‘‘Approval of ella is another indication that the FDA is committed to restoring scientific integrity in its decisions,” said Kirsten Moore, president of the advocacy group Reproductive Health Technologies Project.
But, then, so is pretty much anything that has to get past the Morality Nazis.