Contraceptive pills will be free for women of all ages in Italy

Contraceptive pills will be free for women of all ages in Italy. Peter Dazely/The Image Bank RF/Getty Images (Peter Dazeley/)

The Italian Medicines Agency (Aifa) has approved the decision that the contraceptive pill is free for women of all age groupswith a total cost for the state coffers estimated at around 140 million euros (154 million dollars) a year, according to the specialized website “Daily Sanità”

“Quotidiano Sanità” anticipated it with an interview with the president of the Committee on Prices and Reimbursements (CPR), Giovanna Scroccarothe body in charge of deciding which drugs are covered by the health system.

The call was also approved AIDS preventive pillthe medicines based on tenofovir, disoproxil and emtricitabine, used in the treatment of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and that will be reimbursed and will be paid by the State.

Although time will still be needed, Scroccaro explained that this decision was necessary “to make contraception free in Italy “within three categories of contraceptive drugs, identified and divided by generation, the cheapest products were evaluated, which were made free” .


The estimated cost to the State is around €140 million per year, “but it is an important decision, which will make it possible to increase the number of women who today, perhaps, they considered the cost of these contraceptives too high and therefore did not use them”, he added.

Scroccaro adds that “contraception has always been little used in Italy and this may now change.”

“A decision that we were waiting for. Some regions had already decided for the youngest. It is an important step for the protection of sexual and reproductive health”, said the senator today in her networks Cecilia D’Elia of the opposition Democratic Party.

While Maria Rachele Ruiumember of the conservative and anti-abortion association “Pro Vita & Famiglia” He assured that “there is nothing more dangerous for the health of women than being banal with issues that impact their skin, such as abortion, contraception, gender and prostitution.”

The Supreme Court of the United States will allow the sale of an abortion pill while the legal case is settled

The Supreme Court of the United States on Friday blocked new restrictions established by lower courts over one abortion pill widely used, handing a victory to the administration of President Joe Biden, which defends broad access to the drug in the latest fierce legal battle for reproductive rights in the US.

Boxes of the abortion pill Mifepristone at a clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Jan 11, 2023. REUTERS/Evleyn Hockstein/File
Boxes of the abortion pill Mifepristone at a clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jan 11, 2023. REUTERS/Evleyn Hockstein/File (EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/)

The judges, in a brief order, granted emergency requests from the Justice Department and the pill maker Danco Laboratories to stay an April 7 preliminary injunction issued by US District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk in Texas. The judge’s order greatly limited the availability of mifepristone while litigation progresses in a challenge by anti-abortion groups to its federal regulatory approval.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US agency that approves the safety of food products, drugs and medical devices, approved mifepristone in the year 2000. The current case could undermine federal regulatory authority over drug safety.

The Biden administration is trying to defend mifepristone in the face of increasing abortion bans and restrictions enacted by Republican-led states since the Supreme Court struck down the landmark decision in June 2022 roe v. Wade of 1973 that had legalized the procedure throughout the country. Alito was the author of that ruling.

(With information from EFE and Reuters)

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