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Only 23 Contraceptive Brands Left Available, More Expiring This Year

As the Supreme Court stands fast on its TRO, women's options are running out.
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For some time now, we've been warned that contraceptives for women may soon be unavailable.

This dilemma started in 2015, when a group called Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines filed a complaint with the Supreme Court (SC). The group alleged that certain contraceptive implants allowed under the RH Law have "abortifacient side effects."

Thus, the SC issued the TRO that prevents the government from procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing, administering, advertising, and promoting implants. The SC ruling also stopped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from granting pending applications for all reproductive products, including contraceptives.

(It's worth noting that condoms are not covered in the TRO because they are "considered as equipment or devices and not drug products.")

Despite the clamor of RH advocates, the TRO is still being enforced by the SC. Meanwhile, the licenses issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for contraceptives have been expiring one after the other.

With three more certificates of contraceptives for women expiring this May, we're left with only 23 contraceptives on the market.

Based on the data from Commission on Population (POPCOM), CNN Philippines listed the contraceptives that are still available in the market. As of today, Sunday, May 21, one more certificate expired—that of Cybelle—bringing the number of available contraceptives available down to 23.

Here's the list of contraceptives that are still available with their respective expiration dates. We arranged them in alphabetical order. (Note: Unless indicated, all contraceptives are pills.)

Cerazette (injectable) - November 20, 2018

Charlize - May 7, 2018

Depotrust - August 15, 2018

Familia 28F - February 4, 2019

Gracial - June 26, 2017

Gynera - April 30, 2019

Implanon NXT (subdermal implant) - November 19, 2020

Leila - December 13, 2018

Lizelle (injectable) - August 16, 2018

Logynon 21 - November 19, 2018

Meliane - June 3, 2018

Micropil Plus - March 17, 2018

Mirena (IUD) - May 5, 2019

Nicole - July 21, 2018

None (injectable) - June 14, 2017

Nuvaring (vaginal ring) - June 28, 2019

Protec - May 30, 2018

Protec (injectable) - February 22, 2018

Seif - March 3, 2018

Trust Pill - June 14, 2017

Yasmin - October 8, 2017

Yaz - September 29, 2018

Zoely - December 19, 2018