The European manufacturer of Norlevo, which is their version of Plan B (Levonorgestrel) has very kindly decided to warn people that their product does not work for women over 176 lbs, and is less effective for women over 165 lbs.
Thanks, HRA Pharma.
Check out the new warning in the Norlevo Package insert for yourself. It discourages women over 75 Kg from relying on the drug.
This comes under the “told you so” dept. of Pharm information. In fact, people ALSO could learn here that the newer morning after pill, Ella (ulipristal acetate) has the same problem.
All of this is obvious to those who pay attention to how drugs are designed. Pharmer has openly warned people for years not to expect good efficacy for birth control pills designed for 130lb women t0 be as efficacious in women who are much larger.
The U.S. recently moved the snake oil drug, Plan B, over the counter. Perhaps this was a crony capitalist effort to help manufacturers snap up as much profit as they could before the general news came out that the drug is not reliable for any women, and really worthless for the larger set.
It appears that Mother Jones is the first of the mainstream media to let the kitty out of the bag in the United States. They note that the average weight of American girls is 166.2 lbs, which puts them over the weight limit for Plan B to work at its touted 60 percent effectiveness. The avg weight of Black and Hispanic women from 20-39 years of age is 186 lbs, which means that they can completely forget about Plan B.
Any hospital or clinic using this drug as a part of rape treatment is therefore pushing ineffective treatment and charging fraudulently. Planned Parenthood and its ilk are doing the same.
Pharmer’s favorite and oft cited birth control researcher, Anna Glasier, sent up a warning flare in 2011. Click on her effort to identify the groups for which morning after pills do not work.
The American manufacturers have not put out this warning in their product package inserts yet. Please help your female friends who will be paying $50 bucks for this drug at the pharmacy, to understand that Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One Dose, My Way, and various generic one and two pill packs of levonorgestrel morning after pills are fairly worthless as birth control, and when they do work, can have an objectionable mechanism that operates AFTER fertilization. (As a practical matter, any perverts who are abusing underaged girls ought to be made aware of this too, so that at least one aspect of the abuse might cease.)
Noting that these hormone analogs have weight dependent efficacy, how much should women be relying on the daily or continuously administered birth control drugs????
Who is REALLY waging the war on women, who remain the medical underclass????