Birth Control Archive 2003

CONTRACEPTIVE IMPLANON MAY BE WITHDRAWN FROM MARKET –– Hailed as one of the most effective contraceptives ever, Australian doctors say the product could be withdrawn because of rising insurance costs just 2 years after its introduction. Implanon is a hormonal implant inserted into a woman’s arm for up to 3 years. The slow-release contraceptive is already used by more than 160,000 Australian women. But an investigation by Australian United Medical Protection or UMP, has revealed that at least 44 women are in the courts claiming unwanted pregnancies, in a majority of cases, from doctors failing to correctly insert Implanon. UMP and others that handle patient compensation claims may substantially raise indemnity costs for doctors wanting to continue to administer the drug, for fear of litigation. MDA National, another medical insurance company, is charging an extra $5,000/year, the equivalent of insurance costs for an obstetrician. Dr. Heather McNamee says many doctors were inadequately trained in the use of Implanon, 4 cm by 2mm. To insert, if held at a certain angle, it can slip out of the introducer and it’s very difficult to notice unless the doctor double checks just before it’s put in. The problem is that mostly teens and young adults get Implanon from their GP. Most GPs will not pay the extra charge, because because they don’t do enough of these procedures. [http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2003/s956965.htm The World Today – 30 Sept03; Dr Heather McNamee with Toni Hassan] UN REPORT ADDS TO A CONDOM DEBATE – HIV failure rate found to be 10% – A draft report for the UN’s AIDS agency has found that even when people use condoms...