OTTAWA, August 23, 2002 ( – Closing the door to the transmission of life and avoiding sexual responsibility will become that much easier with the approval, for use in Canada, of the contraceptive patch this week.  Similar to the nicotine patch used by some tobacco addicts, the Ortho-Evra patch need be applied only three times a month—rather than ingested more frequently like the pill— and will be available next year from the Janssen-Ortho pharmaceutical company, a subsidiary of American conglomerate Johnson & Johnson.  Amy White, speaking for the Planned Parenthood clinic in Buffalo, said it might take a while for women to switch from the pill—which she glibly compares to candy. “Once you’re on one for a while,” she said, “it’s like giving up your favourite chocolate bar.”

Serious side affects from long-term use of this latest female hormone manipulation drug are not yet known. The patch is being introduced with the usual new contraceptive fanfare touting few side affects.

To read newspaper coverage, which praised the development as creating more options for women, find the link at:


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