A whopping 28 percent of morning-after pills in Peru are fake. A study published today inPLOS ONE relates how some emergency contraceptives contain inadequate amounts of active ingredients that, in many cases, aren’t being released quickly enough into the body to be considered effective. This, the researchers say, means that nearly one third of the pills — pills that are sold by licensed pharmacists — offer no protection against unwanted pregnancy.
In the study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology tested 25 batches of emergency contraceptives purchased from 15 pharmacies and distributors in Lima, Peru. Of those 25 batches, seven didn’t dissolve quickly enough. Yet that performance was still slightly better than that of a batch that didn’t contain contraceptive ingredients at all. Instead, the researchers say, the pills were laced with an antibiotic that could have caused some women to experience dangerous allergic reactions. The scientists therefore conclude that the pills would have been useless to anyone who purchased them.
On the plus side, I’m sure there are many Plan B brands in Peru, so the sovereign free men and women there can experience the pleasure of unfettered choice without some unelected government bureaucrat restricting the operation of their God-given free will.