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Report: Morning-after pill doesn't work for women over 176 pounds

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According to Mother Jones, a European company that makes an emergency contraceptive identical to the morning-after Plan B pill is set to warn consumers that the drug is completely ineffective for women over 176 pounds.

The European drug, Norlevo, begins to lose effectiveness after 165 pounds, Mother Jones reports.

HRA Pharma is changing its packaging information to reflect the weight limits.

If the report is true, it could carry significant implications for American women if also applicable to morning-after pills in the U.S.

Norlevo is chemically identical to many of the most popular emergency contraceptive brands used in the U.S., including Plan B One-Step, Next Choice One-Dose, and My Way. The American manufacturer of emergency contraceptives didn't comment to Mother Jones, and the FDA has yet to weigh in on the matter.

For more on this story from Mother Jones, click here.

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