New women's health drug to break into US

A new women's health emergency contraceptive is to be launched in the US shortly.

USA Today has reported that the drug, marketed under the name of Ella, is likely to be on the market by the end of the year and will contain a compound named ulipristal. 

It is hoped that this new addition, which will be available by prescription only, will help to reduce the numbers of unintended pregnancies, which is currently at around 50 per cent in the US. 

The news provider reported that a letter had been sent to the Food and Drug Administration in June by a coalition of 20 women's health groups - including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

"We do not believe technology holds all the answers, but having two types of safe and effective [EC] will increase the likelihood that a woman can access a product that works for her situation," they said. 

This follows recent research conducted by Americans for UNFPA, which found that 91 per cent of US citizens believe that every woman on the planet deserves access to quality maternal healthcare.

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