The last thing you want, when you’re looking for an emergency contraceptive, is the possibility that it might be completely ineffective. Anyone who has taken or purchased “Evital,” an unapproved brand of emergency contraception, should either throw it away or go consult their doctor. The Food and Drug Administration released a vague and disturbing warning against use of the drug, saying that the products “may be counterfeit versions of the ‘morning after pill’ and may not be safe or effective in preventing pregnancy.”
The “morning-after pill,” as emergency contraception is colloquially called, is an medication designed to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. The over-the-counter form of the drug, “Plan B,” is available to anyone over the age of 17, and a new form of emergency contraception, ella, can be accessed by prescription. Although emergency contraceptives are not guaranteed to prevent pregnancy, they are quite effective, especially soon after the unprotected sex.
“Evital,” on the other hand, is not FDA-approved, although it has been circulating in Hispanic communities, and it is labeled (in Spanish) as an emergency contraceptive, marked by a company called “Fluter Domili.” The idea that women have been buying — and taking — this drug with the belief that they have a good chance of preventing pregnancy is, frankly, terrifying.
Little else seems to be known about the drug, or why it is being circulated. We’ll keep you posted as we discover more.
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