06 January 2011

All Women Are Size Tens

The MHRA has just released a safety warning for a medicine called implanon, "Implanon contraceptive implant: Information for women and healthcare professionals," which in part says,

"When used correctly Implanon is a safe, effective and reliable contraceptive that prevents pregnancy for up to three years. However, it is important that Implanon is correctly implanted by someone who is trained to fit it."

(Buck conveniently passed from MHRA to NHS)

The summary of product information says,

"One implant contains 68 mg of etonogestrel; the release rate is approximately 60-70 µg/day in week 5-6 and has decreased to approximately 35-45 µg/day at the end of the first year, to approximately 30-40 µg/day at the end of the second year and to approximately 25-30 µg/day at the end of the third year."

The point of the post is to draw attention to the lack of differentiation between patients with regard to medical treatment.

Every patient had exactly the same dose with exactly the same excipients.

I appreciate that I may be making a comparison error but just imagine if every woman you knew was given a size ten dress irrespective of their size.

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