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The Supreme Court ordered the Department of Helath (DOH) and the Food anD Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a round of certifications with the government’s procurement of contraceptives after the organizations accepted donations from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation without following the guidlines set by the tribunal.
The SC ruling issued on Aug. 24 means the 400,000 subdermal contraceptive implants—including Implanon and Implanon NXT, supposedly the most effective forms of birth control—that former Health Secretary Janet Garin had procured at P500 each, or one-tenth of the P5,000 market price with the help of the Gates’ foundation, would remain in government warehouses.
The agencies have to prove to anti-abortion groups that these are nit abortifacients.
Theodore Te, SC spokesperson said that the Second Division headed by Associate Justice Antonio Carpio Alliance for the Family Foundation and its president, Maria Concepcion Noche, to require the FDA to hear their side on the abortive effects of the implants before their procurement and distribution.
This is also stated in the SC guidlines on the implementation of the RH Act of 2012.
Te said the tribunal also shot down a petition to lift the TRO issued on June 17, 2015 by the Solicitor General who warned about the waste of government resources that would be caused by the expiration of thousands of Implanon and Implanon NXT subdermal implants in warehouses, and the shortagde of contraceptives in the market. MJM