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‘Five Days After’ Contraceptive Pill Launched by RU486 Supplier

April 27, 2016

(Sydney Morning Herald) – An emergency contraceptive that works up to five days after unprotected sex has been launched by Australia’s sole supplier of medical abortion drug RU486. The EllaOne pill, from non-profit pharmaceutical group MS Health, is available from Wednesday. While the group recommends that women using the drug take it “as soon as possible” after unprotected sex, it said it was effective for up to five days, the maximum time sperm can survive in a body after intercourse. This is in contrast to commonly used emergency contraceptive pills, which are recommended to be taken within three days of unprotected sex.

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