By Charina Clarisse Echaluce
The temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court does not only affect the implants, but also birth control pills, which deprives some 700,000 women of their right to choose, the Commission on Population (POPCOM) said.
Recently, Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno clarified that the existing TRO is limited only to Implanon and Implanon NXT, the subdermal implants that lasts up to three years and are utilized for the Family Planning Program.
According to the POPCOM, however, Sereno was only referring to the second part of the TRO which restrained government from using the products.
It said the first order of the TRO orders the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to refrain from “granting any and all pending applications for registration and/or recertification for contraceptive drugs and devices.”
The population group noted that the RA 8203 on counterfeit drugs considers unregistered drugs as counterfeit drugs which cannot be sold, offered for sale, distributed, donated.
It also includes possession of such unregistered drugs without the proper documents of lawful ownership.
POPCOM Executive Director Juan Antonio Perez III said there is a burgeoning public health emergency if the TRO will not be lifted.
“Because of the TRO, FDA could not recertify 30 out of 47 contraceptives with expired registrations, and as long as the TRO persists, more and more contraceptives will lose their certificates of product registration,” he stated.
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