The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has almost finished the certification process for the contraceptive implants Implanon and Implanon NXT. In August, Department will come out with a certification on their safety and efficacy of these innovated subdermal implants.
The Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial announced on Friday that the subdermal innovative implants Implanon and Implanon NXT will be certified next month. These unique contraceptive implants are very important to the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Law, which got the support of President Duterte in the Philippines.
“It is being worked on. Maybe before the end of August, the guidelines will be out. We will have one public hearing then issue certification,”
the Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial added.
Duterte on full implementation of subdermal contraceptives
During his 2017 State of the Nation Address, Rodrigo Duterte enlightened the topic of the reproductive health and criticized the temporary restraining order issued by the Supreme Court against the law in June 2015. But this process is a long one, according to the minister of justice, the high tribunal is still waiting for the final approvement of the implants. Ministry of health also needs a certification of the FDA that the implants are not an abortifacient.
The final certification of two contraceptive implants Implanon and Implanon NXT will allow saving the reproductive health of the nation, believes Benjamin de Leon, president of the Forum for Family Planning and Development. He hopes that the new contraceptives implants will be useful for the family planning products.