Monday, August 16, 2010

FDA approves controversial drug ELLA reports that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved the controversial drug ELLA that has been labelled a morning after pill but pro-life groups point out it will cause very early abortions. They say the drug is untested and women will be misinformed about how it works as an abortion agent.

The drug has been billed as a better morning after pill, because it can be used longer after sexual intercourse than the traditional Plan B drug. The new drug according to the report would almost always cause an abortion because it would begin working days after conception the beginning of life.

Ella is the first selective progesterone receptor modulator (SPRM) available in the United States for the indication of so called “emergency contraception (EC).” According to the European Medicines Agency, SPRMs block progesterone which is necessary to maintain a pregnancy. This effectively deprives the unborn child in the womb of the nutrients he or she needs to live.

Supporters of the drug have gotten around that fact by redefining the beginning of pregnancy as implantation rather than conception, or fertilization.

Accordig to the FDA
"The prescription-only product prevents pregnancy when taken orally within 120 hours (five days) after a contraceptive failure or unprotected intercourse. It is not intended for routine use as a contraceptive,"

Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America told reporters in advance of the decision, that the FDA is misleading American women.

"The FDA underscored the point that this decision was driven by politics by releasing it late on a Friday when people are not paying attention,"

"The meager trials done on ella indicate it may cause miscarriages and birth defects. Yet the FDA allowed the HRA Pharma to avoid fully testing the drug so women will be kept in the dark on what kind of serious complications it may cause to her and her baby,"
Wright also pointed out how the FDA is following its decision during the latter part of the Clinton administration to approve the dangerous RU 486 abortion drug -- which has killed at least 13 women, and potentially dozens more, and injured more than 1,100 in the United States alone according to FDA reports.

"Though called an 'emergency contraceptive,' the drug operates the same way as the abortion drug RU-486, which has caused numerous deaths and over 1,000 reported adverse events,"
according to Wright, who also said women could become victims again, especially because the ella abortion drug has not undergone rigorous testing and medical trials.

The full article can be found on this link