SC hailed for ruling vs birth-control drugs

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A party-list congressman has welcomed a Supreme Court (SC) order stopping the Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from procuring, selling, distributing, dis-pensing or administering and promoting contraceptive drugs and devices including the implant Im-planon.

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“We welcome the Supreme Court’s injunction stopping the DOH and FDA from dispensing and pro-moting contraceptives that have not been tested and approved by the FDA including the contracep-tive implant called Implanon. The Supreme Court decision on the RH [Reproductive Health] Law is very clear–any contraceptive to be used in its implementation should be FDA-approved. But the DOH is already implementing the program using Implanon, which is not aproved by the FDA,” BUHAY Rep. Lito Atienza said in a statement on Friday.

Atienza pointed out that Implanon, a birth control patch that is implanted in the inner biceps of wom-en, effectively renders them sterile for three years.

At the same time, he scored DOH Secretary Janette Garin for insisting that the contraceptive implant is safe for women.

“How can Secretary Garin claim that Implanon is safe for Filipino women when it has not even been tested or approved by the FDA? Until now, the FDA [is]yet to answer the letters sent by Prolife Philip-pines–Is Implanon approved by the FDA or not?” Atienza said.

He has spoken with some mothers who said they are forced to have Implanon embedded in their skin before they are included in the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer program. “This is tantamount to forced sterilization of Filipinos and is contrary to the SC ruling on how the RH Law should be imple-mented,” he added..

Atienza, together with the Alliance for the Families (ALFI), Prolife Philippines, Soldiers of Christ and Our Lady of Victories Parish Church volunteers and priests, held a prayer rally at the FDA office in Alabang, Muntinlupa City (Metro Manila) last April to deliver a strong message for the FDA to do its job and pro-tect the health and well-being of Filipino mothers.

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