In 2015, 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 temporary restraing order (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.
The TRO still stands and the licenses issued by the FDA for contraceptives have been expiring one after the other. This has caused problems for women who want to plan their families, as well as those with hormonal imbalance, who are prescribed pills for non-contraceptive purposes.
We ask: How many pills are left on the market?
Here's the list of contraceptives that are still available with their respective expiration dates.
* Note: Unless indicated, all contraceptives are pills.
Cerazette (injectable)—November 20, 2018
Charlize—May 7, 2018
Familia 28F—February 4, 2019
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
Nuvaring (vaginal ring)—June 28, 2019
Protec—May 30, 2018
Protec (injectable)—February 22, 2018
Seif—March 3, 2018
Yasmin—October 8, 2017
Yaz—September 29, 2018
Zoely—December 19, 2018