Federal Court Enters Consent Decree Against Arizona-based Company for Distribution of Unapproved Contraceptive Drugs

Today, the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona entered a consent decree of permanent injunction ordering Smart Women’s Choice, Inc., an Arizona-based company, and Jennifer A. Richard, its chief executive officer, to stop distributing drugs until the company complies with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) and other requirements listed in the consent decree. According to the complaint, which was filed with the consent decree by the U.S. Department of Justice, Smart Women’s Choice and Richard unlawfully distributed unapproved new drugs within the U.S. marketplace.

“Americans expect and deserve drugs that have been scientifically proven to be safe, effective and of high quality,” said Jill Furman, director of the Office of Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA remains fully committed to taking enforcement action against companies and executives responsible for marketing unapproved drugs in violation of federal law.”

The FDA has not approved Smart Women’s Choice’s drug, a vaginal cream the company has marketed as a safe and effective contraceptive. Smart Women’s Choice has disseminated these claims on its website and social media accounts, among other sources. According to the complaint, despite the FDA’s issuance of a warning letter in 2021 advising Smart Women’s Choice that the distribution of its contraceptive drug product is unlawful under the FD&C Act, the company and Richard continued to violate the law. 

The consent decree prohibits Smart Women’s Choice, Richard, and any persons or entities in active concert or participation with them who receive notice of the decree, from directly or indirectly manufacturing, preparing, processing, packing, repacking, receiving, labeling, holding and/or distributing any drug at or from their facilities unless and until they meet certain requirements to ensure they are operating in compliance with the FD&C Act, the FDA’s regulations and the decree, and they receive written notice from the FDA that they appear to be in compliance with these requirements.


Joan David-Leonhard

Joan David Leonhard is a recent Pharm.D graduate with a strong passion for the pharmaceutical industry and a particular interest in pharmaceutical media and communication. Her brief internship experience includes roles in pharmacy where she built strong patient-pharmacist relationships and a pharmaceutical media internship where she actively contributed to drug information articles, blog posts, social media engagement, and various media projects.
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