There have been reports that more and more African women use an emergency contraceptive pill for the prevention of unwanted pregnancy. One of such contraceptives is the progesterone only pill, Norlevo, which is produced by an European pharmaceutical company called Mother Jones. Norvelo which is found in african countries like South Africa, Congo, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Benin, Mali , Niger, Guinea, Senegal, Burkina faso, Tunisia, Ivory coast, Togo, is identical to the Plan B pill found in other African countries.
Norlevo recently released a disclaimer, warning consumers that the pill may be ineffective for women who weigh more than 176 pounds. The company will reportedly repackage Norlevo with a notice informing consumers of the company’s recent findings regarding the drug’s potential weight restrictions, which will read:
“Studies suggest that Norlevo is less effective in women weighing [165 pounds] or more and not effective in women weighing [176 pounds] or more” and that Norlevo “is not recommended…if you weigh [165 pounds] or more.”
If their findings turn out to be true, African women may also have something to worry about, as Norvelo is not only present in many countries but is reportedly chemically identical to American emergency contraceptive drugs like Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One-Dose and My Way which are also available in these countries . 176 pounds is approximately 80 kg, and quite a lot of African women weigh more than 80 kg. According to the CDC, the average American woman weighs 166, while the average Black woman weighs 186. Does this mean that the African woman or black woman’s weight is not taken into consideration when these pills are created? Could this also be the same for other emergency pills?
What are your thoughts?
Source: Mother Jones