Quick Hit: FDA Approves 5-Day Emergency Contraception

By Rachel Walden |

In June, we wrote about the FDA’s Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs recommendation to approve ulipristal acetate (brand name “ella”) for emergency contraception. On Friday, the FDA did approve the drug, as a prescription-only emergency contraceptive to be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after contraceptive failure/unprotected sex. Existing “Plan B”-type emergency contraception is currently approved for use up to 72 hours.

Despite the five-day use window for this drug (and the three-day window for others), some media outlets persist in calling it a “morning-after” pill. Ahem.

At the time of our June post, a transcript of the Advisory Committee meeting – which includes the text of presentations and detailed discussion of the drug – was not yet available. That transcript is now online [PDF], including comments from representatives of Planned Parenthood and the National Women’s Health Network.

See our previous post for further discussion of the new emergency contraceptive.

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