Emergency Contraception Drug Breakthrough
New research published in The Lancet shows that French company HRA Pharma's emergency contraception drug ellaOne (ulipristal acetate) prevents more pregnancies than the widely-used alternative, levonorgestrel (marketed as Plan B, Levonelle and NorLevo in the US, UK and most of western Europe, respectively). ellaOne has recently been licensed for use up to five days after unprotected sexual intercourse, compared with just three days for levonorgestrel.
ellaOne was approved by the European Medicines Agency in May 2009 as a safe and effective method of emergency contraception for use up to five days after unprotected sexual intercourse — and is currently being launched throughout Europe. However, although it could be made available through pharmacies and via nurses, it will not be as easily accessible as levonorgestrel until more safety data become available.
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