Weight Should Not Affect Emergency Contraceptive Pill Use, Says EMA
the MPR take:
While the effectiveness of emergency contraceptive pills in women weighing >75kg has been called into question in previous studies, European regulators are saying that the benefits of use still outweigh the risks and that the "morning after pill" should be used by all women to prevent pregnancy. The European review included the products Norlevo (Takeda), Levonelle (Bayer), and ellaOne (HR Pharma), after which the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded that data was limited and not conclusive enough to make a decision on product label changes. In November 2013, the FDA announced they would conduct a similar review in the U.S; it is unknown how the EMA review will impact the FDA's decision regarding labeling changes for emergency contraceptives sold in the U.S.
LONDON (Reuters) - Emergency contraceptives, known as the "morning after pill", remain suitable for all women who need them, regardless of a woman's weight, European regulators said on Thursday. The European Medicines Agency had questioned whether the contraceptives worked as effectively in women weighing more than 75 kg, but its experts concluded that the benefits of using them outweighed the risks.
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