Has the emergency contraceptive pill, Ella been discontinued? #207/14

My pharmaceutical distributer has told me that Ella (emergency contraception pill) is no longer going to be manufactured.  I sent the company an email to which they have not
responded. Have you heard anything about this? Will another company be selling this drug?


I have many overweight and obese patients and we use this emergency contraceptive pill all the time.  I would appreciate any information you might have as you are always up on the latest and best information. Thank you so much

Michele Shubitowski, RN


Thanks a lot.

:  Good morning Michele,


I will try to find out for you later this week if Ella (ulipristal acetate) will be available in pharmacies now or in the immediate future.


In the meantime, be sure to remember that the most effective contraceptive is the placement of the copper T IUD.


From Dr. James Trussell, “Watson/Actavis will no longer be the distributor of Ella. HAR Pharmacist has lined up somebody new, but has given no details yet.”


Latest from Dr. Trussell at the San Francisco Contraceptive Technology Conference (March 5-8, 2014):  There are plenty of Ella supplies in most pharmacies that have been carrying Ella so you can keep on writing prescriptions for Ella right now.


Latest from Dr. Trussell at the San Francisco Contraceptive Technology Conference (March 5-8, 2014):  There are plenty of Ella supplies in most pharmacies that have been carrying Ella so you can keep on writing prescriptions for Ella right now.


4-4-2014: Here is the latest information from Dr. James Trussell on the emergency contraceptive, Ella:


HRA Pharam

Julian Barlow

PR for HRA Pharma

D- +44 (0) 1628 857979

M- +44 (0) 7747 852070

Email – julian@barlowcomms.co.uk


HRA Pharma and Afaxys join forces on emergency contraceptive ella® in

the USA

The two companies announce a new partnership focused on making ella® (ulipristal

acetate) accessible to U.S. women

Paris (March 31, 2014) – HRA Pharma (www.hra-pharma.com) and Afaxys Pharmaceuticals, a division of Afaxys, Inc. (www.Afaxys.com), announced today that the companies have formed a commercial partnership to supply ulipristal acetate (UPA), a selective progesterone receptor modulator, to the U.S. market. The product is commonly known as ella® in the U.S. where it has been available since 2010.


ella® is a next-generation emergency contraceptive developed by HRA Pharma specifically for emergency contraceptive use. ella® was originally approved as an emergency contraceptive by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in 2009 and subsequently by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010. (Please see full prescribing information:

https://pharma.afaxys.com/afaxys/assets/pdf/ella%20SPL%2028Mar14.pdf). It is anticipated that the partnership of these two companies working closely together in the contraceptive field will make ella® more widely available to women all over the U.S.


Afaxys Pharmaceuticals is a unique pharmaceutical company that specializes in serving the public health sector and has a proven track record of success in working with large safety net, family planning organizations including family planning clinics; college and university health centers; community health centers; and city, county, state and federal facilities. 1


Commenting on the newly formed association between the two organizations, Erin Gainer, CEO of HRA Pharma, said, ‘‘We are looking forward to this collaborative relationship that we anticipate to prove successful in improving women’s access to ulipristal acetate emergency contraception in the USA. Having the same mission and goals as Afaxys with regards to empowering women with choice and options means we will achieve positive results, together.”


CEO of Afaxys, Ronda Dean added, ‘‘It is at the heart of the Afaxys business model that we help address the lack of access to affordable contraception for women all over America. We are pleased to add ella® to our portfolio of contraceptive options. We are looking forward to working with HRA Pharma, as it is clear that we have complimentary values and a shared commitment to develop awareness of emergency contraceptive options.”




About HRA Pharma

HRA Pharma is a privately-held European pharmaceutical company that designs products, devices and supporting services in niche areas of health and makes them available to doctors and patients

worldwide. The company targets therapeutic gaps in the areas of reproductive health and endocrinology, and uses innovative marketing solutions and socially-conscious programs, such as contraception education in developing countries, to promote healthy management of drugs and diseases. A pioneer in emergency contraception, its product NorLevo® was the first emergency contraceptive that has been granted direct pharmacy access. HRA Pharma specifically developed ellaOne® (ulipristal acetate) to deliver a more advanced form of emergency contraceptive than that which was previously available. Headquartered in Paris, France and with subsidiaries across Western Europe, HRA Pharma has built a strong network of R&D, manufacturing, distribution and NGO partners which enables it to satisfy critical patient needs and improve patient health in over 50 countries across the globe. Visit www.hrapharma.com for more information.


About Afaxys

Afaxys, Inc. is a strategic sourcing company serving safety net family planning providers who are part of the country’s public health system. Since 2005, the management of Afaxys has operated a Group

Purchasing Organization, which negotiates favorable pricing across a broad base of mission-critical products and services for its members. Political and economic forces have long presented significant

challenges for their customers, the safety net family planning providers who operate health centers nationwide. These organizations provide the uninsured, underinsured and the poor with medical care and access to quality products and services they could not otherwise afford. Afaxys’ mission is to provide customers affordable, reliable access to the products and services they need to care for their patients. Their strategic sourcing model is designed to remove uncertainty in both pricing and availability. They manage the supply needs of customers so they can focus on what they do best: caring for patients. Visit www.afaxys.com for more information.


4-15: Have you been able to find Ella?


Her email on 4-15: “I have received information that Afaxys will be distributing the drug, which is great!  I don’t think it has started yet, but my purchasing manager cleaned out the stock from the previous distributor so I am hopeful I will not run out prior to being able to order it from Afaxys.”

James Trussell, PhD

Professor of Economics and Public Affairs

Director, Office of Population Research

Princeton University


To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of all emergency contraceptive pills and the ParaGard (copper T) IUD; go to: www.managingcontraception.com and click on Choices 2013 edition.  You can also order this wonderful new educational book from our website or by calling 404-875-5001.  Do you have your copy yet?  It is now available in English and Spanish.

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