August-September 2005: Birth Control

  Condoms Fail the Safety Test, FDA Halts Imports (9/05) Ugandan Condom Promotion Fails to Reduce Risk, Study Shows (9/05)   Planned Parenthood Turns A Deal on Morning After Pill Sales   Condom Errors Increase Gonorrhea Risk Among Men (AJHB,7-8/05) Study Suggests Importance of Documenting the Impact – or Failure -of Condom Promotion Birth Control Patch Manufacturer Faces Class Action Lawsuit Right of Conscience for Pharmacists… CONDOMS FAIL SAFETY TEST, FDA HALTS IMPORTS – The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a shipment of condoms from Thailand to the United States from Ansell, makers of Lifestyles, Mates and Kama Sutra brands, has failed the FDA safety standard tests. This is the second consecutive failure for the condom company’s Thailand plant. Ansell officials refused to identify which brand had failed inspection. The LifeStyle condom is the third largest seller in the world, with 11 percent of world condom sales. According to the Herald, Ansell reported August total sales for all products of $824 million, up from $791 million in August of 2004. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the Thailand plant has been placed on Level 2 and can not ship products to the United States until ten consecutive shipments pass the safety tests. If another shipment fails, the plant will be placed on Level 3 detention and must be recertified. The company is making contingency plans to cover situation. The Herald reports that this is not the first time Ansell has failed FDA standards tests. Rubber gloves from Malaysia failed in October 2002. Ansell also points out that two of its competitors have had recent shipments placed under Level 1 detention as...