FDA OKs New, Five-Day Emergency Contraceptive

August 13, 2010 - 6:01 PM
Federal health officials on Friday approved a new type of morning-after contraceptive that works longer than the current leading drug on the market.
Washington (AP) - Federal health officials on Friday 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, is only effective if women take it 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.
 
Ella has drawn criticism from anti-abortion groups who argue the drug is closer to an abortion pill than an emergency contraception pill.