FDA: Implanon, 50 other contraceptives won't cause abortion


Posted at Nov 12 2017 08:54 PM

MANILA - The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has certified two controversial contraceptive implants, Implanon and Implanon NXT, as non-abortifacient, meaning they will not cause abortions.

In an advisory released Sunday, the FDA said 49 contraceptives were also certified as non-abortifacient after concluding months of re-evaluation process. 

Procurement and distribution of Implanon and Implanon NXT, then considered as an abortifacient, have been halted following a temporary restraining order by the Supreme Court.

The high court earlier said that the 2-year-old halt order will be lifted after the FDA completes its re-evaluation and re-certification on the contraceptives. 

The Department of Health had said that lifting the TRO would pave the way for the full implementation of the Reproductive Health Law.

The full list of contraceptives that were re-certified as safe are posted in the FDA website.