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CNN) -- An advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the green light Thursday to an emergency contraceptive for use up to five days after sex.
The Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs voted unanimously to recommend the drug, called ella.
The pill is intended for women who have had unprotected sex or for whom another method of contraception, such as a condom, failed.
Currently, there are no emergency contraception drugs available in the United States for use more than 72 hours after unprotected intercourse or failed contraception. The options available now -- Plan B, Plan B One Step and generic versions -- are available without a prescription to women 17 and older.
Two phase 3 clinical trials demonstrated that ella is effective and safe. One of the trials was done with women 18 and older in the United States; the other included women 16 and older in the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Originally posted by nixie_nox
I think it should be by prescription, and not readily available. I worked with a clinic that handed this out, you saw the same girls show up all the time. Which means they are having un-protected sex. Someone needs to be able to say to these young ladies: you are risking your life.
Teens are dumb, even the 18-21 ones.
But on the other hand, young adult pregnancies are risky too.
mean come on, use a condom for god sakes