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Population Council presents new research at the International Conference on Family Planning
Date:11/15/2013

Bukusi (Kenya Medical Research Institute [KEMRI] Nairobi, Kenya), and Dr. Ruth Merkatz (Population Council).

  • Panelists emphasized the importance of accelerating contraceptive development to address unmet family planning needs, reduce the consequences of unintended pregnancy, address maternal and newborn health issues, and improve quality of care. The importance of integrating family planning into the care of women with HIV was also emphasized, along with challenges and approaches for scaling up and introducing new contraceptive methods.

  • Partner presentations also reviewed the collaborative process of the interagency Contraceptive Technology Donor Working Group to align institutional priorities for contraceptive research and development.

  • In a presentation titled "Development of the Nestorone/Ethinyl Estradiol Contraceptive Vaginal Ring (NES/EE CVR): Challenges, Opportunities, and Obligations of the Public Sector," Dr. Ruth Merkatz and colleagues from the Council discussed the requirements for successful "bench to bedside" development of a new contraceptive option. Researchers emphasized that products must be safe, effective, acceptable, cost-effective, easily accessible, and well differentiated from existing methods. In addition, planning for market introduction early in the development process requires ongoing support from donors and alignment on shared goals.

  • The Council also reported on the completion of preclinical and clinical studies that will be included in a New Drug Application to be filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the investigational one-year ring. Data from clinical trials support the safety and efficacy of the one-year ring and show it is associated with favorable bleeding patterns, and is highly acceptable to women and their partners.

"Maintaining a clear focus on unmet family planning needs, an understanding of health systems, and relentless efforts to lo
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Contact: Sasha Gruber
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Population Council
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