Womens Health

Pointless or Innovative? FDA Approves Chewable Contraceptive

| by Toni Brayer MD

Just in the nick of time before this decade ends, the FDA has approved the first low-dose chewable birth control contraceptive. 

The daily chew will be marketed by Watson Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Fred Wilkinson, executive vice president of Global Brands said "We believe this product is an important addition to the oral contraceptive category, and that its characteristics will make it a desirable choice for women."

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Most birth control failures occur because the woman forgets to take the pill. Will a chewable be more reliant? Is it aimed at gals who just love chewing gum? I don't get the concept.

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Marketing for this breakthrough will begin the in the second quarter of 2011.