• Filipino Women Have Only 23 Contraceptive Brands Left Available

    As the Supreme Court stands fast on its TRO, women's options are running out.
    by F. Valencia .
  • Filipino Women Have Only 23 Contraceptive Brands Left Available
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  • We've been warned that contraceptives for women may soon be unavailable, a dilemma that began in 2015, when a group called Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines filed a complaint with the Supreme Court (SC). The group has alleged that certain contraceptive implants allowed under the RH Law have "abortifacient side effects."

    So the SC issued a TRO that prevents the government from procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing, administering, advertising, and promoting implants. The SC ruling also stopped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from granting pending applications for all reproductive products, including contraceptives.

    (It's worth noting that condoms are not covered in the TRO because they are "considered as equipment or devices and not drug products.")

    Despite the clamor of RH advocates, the SC continues to enforce the TRO. Meanwhile, the licenses issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for contraceptives have been expiring one after the other.

    With three more certificates of contraceptives for women expiring this May, we're left with only 23 contraceptives on the market.

    Based on the data from Commission on Population (POPCOM), CNN Philippines listed the contraceptives that are still available in the market. As of Sunday, May 21, one more certificate expired -- that of Cybelle --bringing the number of available contraceptives available down to 23.

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    Here's the list of contraceptives that are still available with their respective expiration dates. We arranged them in alphabetical order. (Note: Unless indicated, all contraceptives are pills.)

    Cerazette (injectable) - November 20, 2018

    Charlize - May 7, 2018

    Depotrust - August 15, 2018

    Familia 28F - February 4, 2019

    Gracial - June 26, 2017

    Gynera - April 30, 2019

    Implanon NXT (subdermal implant) - November 19, 2020

    Leila - December 13, 2018

    Lizelle (injectable) - August 16, 2018

    Logynon 21 - November 19, 2018

    Meliane - June 3, 2018

    Micropil Plus - March 17, 2018

    Mirena (IUD) - May 5, 2019

    Nicole - July 21, 2018

    None (injectable) - June 14, 2017

    Nuvaring (vaginal ring) - June 28, 2019

    Protec - May 30, 2018

    Protec (injectable) - February 22, 2018

    Seif - March 3, 2018

    Trust Pill - June 14, 2017

    Yasmin - October 8, 2017

    Yaz - September 29, 2018

    Zoely - December 19, 2018

    This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

    * Minor edits have been made by the SmartParenting.com.ph editors.

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