In 2015, a group called Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines filed a complaint with the Supreme Court (SC). The group alleged that certain contraceptive implants allowed under the RH Law have "abortifacient side effects."

Thus, the SC issued the temporary restraing order (TRO) that prevents the government from procuring, selling, distributing, dispensing, administering, advertising, and promoting implants. The SC ruling also stopped the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from granting pending applications for all reproductive productsincluding contraceptives.

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The TRO still stands and the licenses issued by the FDA for contraceptives have been expiring one after the other. This has caused problems for women who want to plan their families, as well as those with hormonal imbalance, who are prescribed pills for non-contraceptive purposes.

We ask: How many pills are left on the market?

Here's the list of contraceptives that are still available with their respective expiration dates.

* Note: Unless indicated, all contraceptives are pills.

Cerazette (injectable)November 20, 2018

CharlizeMay 7, 2018

Familia 28FFebruary 4, 2019

GyneraApril 30, 2019

Implanon NXT (subdermal implant)November 19, 2020

LeilaDecember 13, 2018

Lizelle (injectable)August 16, 2018

Logynon 21November 19, 2018

MelianeJune 3, 2018

Micropil PlusMarch 17, 2018

Mirena (IUD)May 5, 2019

Nicole—July 21, 2018

Nuvaring (vaginal ring)June 28, 2019

ProtecMay 30, 2018

Protec (injectable)February 22, 2018

SeifMarch 3, 2018

YasminOctober 8, 2017

YazSeptember 29, 2018

ZoelyDecember 19, 2018


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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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