The morning after pill will be sold in Costa Rica starting next week. The company Quinfica of Costa Rica has been waiting six years to market the drug. It had to get approval from the UCR laboratory.
The pill passed laboratory controls and quality tests from UCR as well as the Laboratory of Analysis and Pharmaceutical Advice, which verified the composition of the drug.
The company will start deliveries to distributors on Monday. The suggested price is ¢18,000. It is to be sold without a prescription, just with advice from the pharmacist about its use.
This pill is for emergencies and should not be used regularly in place of another form of birth control. It should be taken after a condom breaks, a risky sexual activity, or a rape. While it can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, it is most effective if taken within 12 hours.