Six Years After Wyeth Debacle, Birth Control Rod OK'd

Law360, New York (July 18, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- U.S. government officials have granted their approval to Organon USA’s contraceptive Implanon, clearing the company to sell the first birth control rod in the United States since Wyeth withdrew a similar product six years ago.

A rod-shaped contraceptive about the size of a matchstick, Implanon is implanted in the upper arm for up to three years, after which time it must be removed and another one implanted. The rod can be removed by a doctor at any time.

“Implanon is a state-of-the-art contraceptive which further demonstrates...
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