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Is a once-a-month birth control pill on the horizon?

Post written by Tishina Okegbe, FHI 360 The birth control pill, commonly known as “the Pill” is one of the most effective short-acting contraceptive methods. In perfect use “the Pill” is 99% effective in preventing against pregnancies; however, in actual and every day use, the effectiveness rate falls to 91%. This is primarily due to […]...

Takeaways from the 2019 FDA Complex Generic Drug Product Development Workshop

Post written by Tishina Okegbe, FHI 360 In late September, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) hosted its second annual Complex Generic Drug Product Development Workshop. Complex generic drugs are classified as such when they contain a complex formulation, active ingredient, route of delivery or dosage form; are a complex drug-device combination product; and/or require early […]...

LILETTA® levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system now FDA-approved for use for up to 6 years

Post written by Yadurshini Raveendran, FHI 360 Medicines360 and Allergan announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the extension of LILETTA® (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system, LNG-IUS) for pregnancy prevention for up to 6 years, making it the longest duration LNG-IUS and second longest reversible contraceptive in the U.S. The FDA approval was based on […]...

When are commodities not just “commodities”?

Post written by Mukul Taparia, Managing Director, Pregna International “Commodity” is a term commonly used by our community to refer to a vast range of products, from contraceptives and menstrual pads at one end, to office products and furniture at the other. Everyone has their own unique understanding of the term, a study discovered some years […]...

The Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (IMPT) Ten-Year Retrospective Report

Post written by Tishina Okegbe, FHI 360 Imagine using one product or method to safeguard against an unwanted pregnancy or a sexually transmitted infection. Well, there’s a technology for that – more specifically, multipurpose prevention technologies, or MPTs. MPTs serve a dual purpose in addressing the sexual and reproductive health needs of women— preventing against […]...

Pressing Pause on Your Fertility: Contraception via Egg Hibernation

Post written by Tishina Okegbe, FHI 360 Women currently have several methods of reversible contraception to choose from, including hormonal options such as the implant, injectables and pills, and nonhormonal options such as the condom and the copper intrauterine device. Though this is true, there are some 214 million women in lower-and middle-income countries who […]...

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Why Contraceptive Innovation?

Despite the availability of various contraceptive methods, more than 200 million women in developing countries want to avoid or delay pregnancy yet are not using an effective family planning method. For some of these women, access to contraception is limited. For others, currently available methods do not meet their needs or preferences or are unaffordable. Innovative solutions are needed in the areas of product development, registration, pricing, and introduction to address these barriers.

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A one-stop shop for resources related to contraceptive research and development

The CTI Exchange offers resources about contraceptive research and development, including information about products currently in development, preclinical and clinical research, and opportunities for future investment. This easily searchable resource library also includes information about regulatory requirements, quality assurance standards, intellectual property, and product introduction strategies, as well as tools for advocacy.

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Other key resources related to contraceptive research and development

Calliope, the Contraceptive Pipeline Database, includes information on potential contraceptive targets and leads, products in pre-clinical and clinical development, and a selection of novel and long-acting products with limited market availability.
CAPRI, the Contraceptive Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Database, lists biological and chemical properties for 27 active pharmaceutical ingredients found in contraceptives, along with data on their pharmacology, toxicology, impurities, metabolites, and use in marketed products.
Contraceptive Drug Interactions is a database that catalogues potential interactions between contraceptive drugs and drugs from other therapeutic classes. Changes in drug pharmacokinetics, effectiveness, and adverse effects are provided.


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