November 29, 2013
The manufacturer of Norlevo, a European emergency contraceptive pill identical to widely used American-made pills, reportedly will issue a warning that the drug does not prevent pregnancy for women above a certain weight range.
According to Mother Jones, French pharmaceutical company HRA Pharma plans to attach the caveat to its Norlevo morning-after pill, which inhibits pregnancy and is commonly used after a woman has had unprotected sex. Norlevo will now come with a warning that it is “not effective” for women over 80 kilograms (176 pounds) and is “less effective” in women 75 kg (166 pounds) or more, according to a new leaflet that Mother Jones says will come in every package of the pills within the first half of 2014.
Norlevo is one of the three most commonly used emergency contraceptive brands in France, according to a report by the French National Authority for Health.