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FDA Approves Liletta (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) to Prevent Pregnancy for up to Three Years

Posted 27 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN and SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT), a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, and Medicines360, a nonprofit women's health pharmaceutical company, today announced the approval of Liletta (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use by women to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Liletta is placed in the uterus by a healthcare professional and works by continuously releasing levonorgestrel, a progestin, to prevent pregnancy. Actavis and Medicines360's groundbreaking partnership will allow women, regardless of income and insurance coverage, to access this new and effective contraceptive option. Through the collaboration, Liletta will be available in the U.S. commercially as well as at a lower cost to public health clinics enrolled in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. "At ... Read more

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Use of Long-Acting Birth Control Rises Fivefold in a Decade: CDC

Posted 24 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 24, 2015 – The use of long-acting birth control methods such as IUDs or under-the-skin implants jumped fivefold between 2002 and 2011, according to a new U.S. government report. Among U.S. women aged 15 to 44, the use of these long-term but reversible contraceptives rose from 1.5 percent in 2002 to 7.2 percent in 2011-2013, says the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers from the agency's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) believe that these methods are gaining in popularity because of their proven ability to prevent unintended pregnancies. An easing of concerns about safety may be playing a role, too. IUDs (intrauterine devices) were commonly used by women in the 1970s, until safety issues led to a decline in their use. However, since then, IUDs have improved in quality, experts say. Also, over the past 20 years, ... Read more

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IUDs, Contraceptive Implants Work Longer Than Thought, Researchers Report

Posted 5 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 – Hormonal intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants appear to prevent pregnancy one year beyond their approved length of use, according to early results from an ongoing study. Researchers are assessing whether these long-acting forms of birth control may be effective up to three years after their approved length of use. Hormonal IUDs are currently approved for five years and contraceptive implants – small rods inserted into the arm – are currently approved for three years. Both types of contraception were approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The study, by researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will eventually enroll a total of 800 women. These preliminary results were from 263 women who used the hormonal IUD Mirena and 237 women who used the contraceptive implants Implanon and Nexplanon. The women ... Read more

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Better Contraceptive Knowledge Can Aid in Safe Use of Acne Drug: Study

Posted 5 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 – Researchers say giving birth control information to women visiting dermatology clinics can help promote the safe use of the drug isotretinoin, an acne medication known to cause birth defects. Isotretinion was originally sold under the brand name Accutane. That particular brand has been discontinued, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the drug is still available under other brand names, including Absorica, Amnesteem, Claravis, Myorisan, Sotret and Zenatane. The FDA requires women of childbearing age to sign a pledge that they will use two forms of contraception when taking isotretinoin because the medication is known to cause birth defects. The study included 100 female patients from one dermatology clinic. Their average age was about 27, and nearly two-thirds had a college education. Their knowledge about eight methods of birth ... Read more

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Modern Birth Control Methods Could Avoid 15 Million Unwanted Pregnancies: Report

Posted 4 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 4, 2015 – If more women had access to modern birth control methods and used them correctly, there would be 15 million fewer unwanted pregnancies in low- and middle-income nations each year, a new study suggests. For women in these countries, unwanted pregnancies can have serious consequences, including death, disease, disability and fewer educational and job opportunities, the researchers noted. Also, many unwanted pregnancies end in abortion. Researchers looked at birth control use by women between the ages of 15 and 49, in 35 countries, between 2005 and 2012. Birth control was defined as modern or traditional. Modern methods included condoms, intrauterine devices, oral and injectable contraceptives, implants, sterilization and breast feeding. Traditional methods included withdrawal and trying to time intercourse when women weren't fertile. The risk of unwanted ... Read more

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Use of 'the Pill' Tied to Higher Risk for Rare Brain Cancer

Posted 22 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 22, 2015 – The risk for developing a rare form of brain cancer known as glioma appears to go up with long-term use of hormonal contraceptives such as the Pill, new Danish research suggests. Women under 50 with a glioma "were 90 percent more likely to have been using hormonal contraceptives for five years or more, compared with women from the general population with no history of brain tumor," said study leader Dr. David Gaist. However, the Danish study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, and Gaist stressed that the findings "need to be put in context" for women because "glioma is very rare." How rare? Only five out of every 100,000 Danish women between the ages of 15 and 49 develop the condition each year, according to Gaist, a professor of neurology at Odense University Hospital. He said that figure includes women who take contraceptives such as the birth control pill. So, ... Read more

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U.S. Birth Rate Continues Decline, CDC Reports

Posted 15 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 – The U.S. birth rate remained at an all-time low in 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday. But as the economy continues to improve, births are likely to pick up, experts say. "By 2016 and 2017, I think we'll start seeing a real comeback," said Dr. Aaron Caughey, chair of obstetrics and gynecology for Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. "While the economy is doing better, you're still going to see a lag effect of about a year, and 2014 is the first year our economy really started to feel like it's getting back to normal." More than 3.9 million births occurred in the United States in 2013, down less than 1 percent from the year before, according to the annual report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The general fertility rate also declined by about 1 percent in 2013 to 62.5 births per 1,000 ... Read more

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The Pill Remains Most Common Method of Birth Control, U.S. Report Shows

Posted 11 Dec 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 11, 2014 – The pill remains one of the most popular methods of birth control for women, along with female sterilization and condoms, a new report shows. Among the two-thirds of women aged 15 to 44 who used birth control between 2011 and 2013, approximately 16 percent used the pill. Female sterilization, where women have their fallopian tubes closed or blocked, was used by 15.5 percent of women, while 9.4 percent used male condoms, according to the report published Dec. 11 by the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). But intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants, both types of long-acting reversible contraceptives, are close on the heels of these other forms of birth control, with 7.2 percent of women using them. "Use of long-acting reversible contraceptives is becoming more popular," said report author Kimberly Daniels, of the NCHS. Their use has nearly ... Read more

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Free, Long-Acting Contraceptives May Greatly Reduce Teen Pregnancy Rate

Posted 1 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 1, 2014 – Giving teenage girls free birth control – especially long-acting implanted devices – could slash pregnancy and abortion rates to well below the current U.S. average, new findings suggest. In a study of 1,400 teenage girls, researchers found that counseling and free contraceptives substantially cut the girls' rates of unplanned pregnancy and abortion. Over three years, their annual pregnancy rate averaged 34 per 1,000 girls – versus a rate of 158 per 1,000 among all sexually active teenage girls in the United States. Meanwhile, the abortion rate was 9.7 per 1,000 girls in the study, compared to a national abortion rate of 41.5 per 1,000 sexually active girls, the researchers report in the Oct. 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. "What we're seeing here are extraordinary declines," said Bill Albert, chief program officer for the Washington, ... Read more

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Pediatricians Endorse IUDs, Implants for Teen Birth Control

Posted 29 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 29, 2014 – Long-acting contraceptive devices should be the first choice of birth control for teenage girls, new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics state. Although most U.S. teens opt for condoms or birth control pills, two other forms of contraception – intrauterine devices (IUDs) and contraceptive implants – are much more reliable, according to the academy. And they should be the "first-line" choices for teenage girls who don't want to remain abstinent, the academy says in guidelines published Sept. 29 in the journal Pediatrics. The advice is in line with guidelines from other medical societies, such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. But experts said they hope the official recommendation to pediatricians will increase teenage girls' use of IUDs and implants. The academy's move is "fantastic," said Dr. David Eisenberg, an ... Read more

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Administration Offers New Rules for Religious Objections to Health Care Law

Posted 22 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Aug. 22, 2014 – Responding to a Supreme Court ruling handed down late in June, the Obama administration on Friday proposed a compromise path that it said would allow women to obtain contraceptives through their health plan, while respecting the views of companies that objected to the provision on religious grounds. "Women across the country deserve access to recommended preventive services that are important to their health, no matter where they work," Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in an agency news release. "Today's announcement reinforces our commitment to providing women with access to coverage for contraception, while respecting religious considerations raised by nonprofit organizations and closely held for-profit companies." Under the Affordable Care Act health plans must offer at no extra charge all forms of birth control for women that have been ... Read more

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Some Birth Control Pills May Up Breast Cancer Risk

Posted 1 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 – Birth control pills containing high doses of estrogen, along with some other formulations, may increase the risk of breast cancer in women under 50, new preliminary research suggests. "There are numerous oral contraceptive formulations," explained lead researcher Elisabeth Beaber, a staff scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. "Some of these formulations increase breast cancer risk while other formulations do not raise risk." Overall, birth control pill use within the past year was associated with a 50 percent increased risk of breast cancer risk compared with former use or no use of birth control pills, Beaber found. This study was designed to find a possible link between oral contraceptive use and breast cancer risk in younger women. But, it wasn't designed to prove that birth control pills definitively cause the increased risk. ... Read more

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Supreme Court: Some Companies Don't Have to Cover Birth Control

Posted 30 Jun 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 30, 2014 – Family-owned companies don't have to comply with a provision of the Affordable Care Act that requires them to offer insurance coverage for contraception if that requirement violates their religious principles, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 5-4 decision was in response to lawsuits filed by two companies – Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. – that argued that the Affordable Care Act's birth control provision ran counter to their religious views. Hobby Lobby Stores is owned by the Green family, who are evangelical Christians. The Oklahoma-based company – with more than 15,000 full-time workers in approximately 600 stores in 41 states – and the Green family said their "religious beliefs prohibit them from providing health coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices that end human life after conception," the Associated Press ... Read more

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Majority of Americans Support Obamacare Birth Control Provision: Survey

Posted 22 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 22, 2014 – Nearly 70 percent of Americans support the new health care law's mandated coverage of birth control, a nationwide study finds. University of Michigan researchers surveyed adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia about universal coverage for birth control, which is being challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court. "There is an ongoing national debate about contraceptive coverage requirements in private health plans in the U.S.," study author Dr. Michelle Moniz, an obstetrician/gynecologist and researcher at the University of Michigan Medical School, said in a university news release. "Our study found that 69 percent of U.S. adults support requiring coverage of birth control in health plans. This indicates that the majority view in the United States is that coverage for contraceptives should be required," she added. The greatest support for this provision ... Read more

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Mylan Launches Xulane - First Generic Ortho Evra Patch

Posted 18 Apr 2014 by Drugs.com

PITTSBURGH, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced that its U.S.-based subsidiary Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. has launched Xulane (Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol Transdermal System 150/35 mcg per day), the generic version of Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Ortho Evra®* (Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol Transdermal System 150/35 mcg per day). This product is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use a transdermal patch as a method of contraception. Mylan received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for this product. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch commented: "Mylan is proud to continue expanding its portfolio of transdermal products through the launch of the first generic Ortho Evra Patch. Mylan's Xulane (Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol Transdermal ... Read more

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