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US aid program sending Norplant contraceptive to Third World despite health concerns

Catholic World News - October 12, 2012

The US Agency of International Development (AID) has announced plans to provide the the long-term Norplant contraceptive to women in developing countries.

Norplant is not distributed in advanced countries, primarily because of complaints that users developed health problems. Nearly two-thirds of women using the implanted contraceptive reported bleeding, and Norplant marketing was discontinued in the US after a series of lawsuits against the manufacturer.

AID is distributing Jadelle, a second-generation form of Norplant. Jadelle was approved for use in the US in 1996, but has not been introduced to the American market because of concerns about side effects.

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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Oct. 12, 2012 7:46 PM ET USA

    Third-world women don't count when it comes to women's health care. The Ugly American lives.

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