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  1. Morning-After Pill Is Over the Counter

    Aug. 24, 2006 -- The FDA has approved Plan B, the so-called morning-after emergency contraceptive, to be sold without prescription to women age 18 and older. Plan B's maker, Barr Pharmaceuticals, expects to introduce over-the-counter sales to women 18 and older by the end of the year. To get Plan B,

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  2. Morning After Pill Over the Counter?

    Aug. 1, 2006 -- Plan B, the so-called morning after pill, is once again at issue before the FDA. Acting FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, yesterday called on the drug's maker to revise its application for over-the-counter status for the drug. von Eschenbach suggested the company seek to ma

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  3. FDA OKs New Implantable Contraceptive

    July 18, 2006 -- The FDA today announced approval of an implantable contraceptive called Implanon, which is effective for up to three years, according to its maker, Organon. About the size of a matchstick, Implanon is implanted by health care workers in the inner side of a woman's upper arm. Implano

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  4. FDA OKs New Birth Control Pill

    May 26, 2006 -- The FDA has approved Seasonique, an extended-cycle birth control pill that gives women four periods per year instead of 12 (one per month). Seasonique is "the next generation" of Seasonale, an extended-cycle birth control pill launched in 2003, states a news release from Barr Pharmac

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  5. Seasonique Birth Control Pill Approved

    May 26, 2006 -- The FDA has approved Seasonique, an extended-cycle birth control that gives women four periods per year instead of 12 (one per month). Seasonique is "the next generation" of Seasonale, an extended-cycle birth control pill launched in 2003, states a news release from Barr Pharmaceutic

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  6. Hormonal Birth Control: A Male Option?

    April 27, 2006 -- Hormonal contraception contraception for men may finally become a commercial reality within the next few years, experts suggest. Research offers reassuring evidence that it is not only effective, but reversible. Researchers from UCLA and the University of Sydney analyzed sperm data

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  7. Birth Control Patch May Up Clot Risk

    Feb. 17, 2006 -- Women using the Ortho Evra birth control patch may be twice as likely to develop blood clots as women using birth control pills, say researchers. That's according to preliminary data from a new study. But the study is still being analyzed, and it's too early to be sure of the findin

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  8. The Pill Won't Add Pounds, Study Shows

    Jan. 24, 2006 -- Women taking birth control pills should not blame their method of contraception when they put on a few pounds. A newly published review suggests that there is no truth to the widespread belief that oral contraceptives and other forms of hormonal birth control cause weight gain. "Wom

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  9. Less Sexual Desire After the Pill?

    Jan. 3, 2006 - Birth control pills may have long-lasting negative effects on women's sexual function, a small study suggests. The study -- which looked only at women who already had sex problems -- does not prove that birth control pills cause sexual dysfunction. But it does add to previous research

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  10. Abortion Drug Adverse Events Reported

    Dec. 29, 2005 -- The FDA received reports of 607 adverse events involving the abortion drug RU-486 over a four-year period, it was reported this week. The adverse events included five reported deaths and 68 cases of severe bleeding that required transfusions. Late last month, federal officials confi

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