The trend as written in black and white In the last two reports of the Ministry of Health to Parliament on the state of application of the abortion law, it helps to reduce abortions.
The data comes from the Italian Medical Society for Contraception and will be sent to a European Congress of Physicians in Budapest in May. Well, in total, the two pills have gone from 400 thousand packs in 201
The first, called "EllaOne", has entered the market more recently, in 2012 and from 2015, the Italian Medicines Agency AIFA has announced that it can be sold without a prescription. So this year there was the increased growth of purchases of this drug, the numbers have stabilized somewhat. From a few tens of thousands of packs sold in 2015 to 145 thousand and then 235 thousand in 2016 and 255 thousand last year.
The race has slowed a bit because in the meantime, 2016 is even the pill, the next day he lost the prescription for adults. So there was a kind of "comeback" and overtaking in sales growth, even though the "Norlevo" – the trade name of the drug – is older and therefore, according to scientific studies, less effective even in the first hours after sexual intercourse compared to the five-day pill.
"In certain areas of the country – explains Emilio Arisi, president of the Italian medical society for contraception, who has already sent the national data to the organizers of the Congress of Budapest – perhaps it is more immediate to administer the pill the next day, also because it is better known, as it has been on the market for much longer and costs less. "
The price difference is around 15 euros 27.
" I still remember – Arisi always says – that in France the packs these pills are sold more than twice ". Commenting on the drop in abortions, Arisi recalls "three years ago to Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin that removing the emergency contraception recipe would have produced these effects." In Italy, abortions dropped to 85,000 in 2016, over 3% less than in 2015.
We must always remember that these medications are contraceptives because they work only if fertilization has not yet taken place. If this happens, the pills have no effect and the pregnancy continues. The difference between the two medications is that, since many hours can pass between intercourse and fertilization, the effect of five days later may be longer, as the name suggests. What's different is Ru486, an abortion pill that is only interrupted and administered in health care settings during the first weeks of pregnancy.