FDA Approves Contraceptive Implant, Implanon


An implantable contraceptive that has been sold in more than 30 countries has finally been approved in the US.

Implanon(etonogestrel implant) 68mg is a 1.5-inch-long rod designed to be implanted underneathe the skin of the upper arm. Fromthere, it will release a slow and steady dose of progestin (etonogestrel) –a synthetic hormone similar to progesterone– for a period of up to three years.

Implanon is the latest in the selection of contraceptives marketed by Organon, which includes NuvaRing, a vaginal contraceptive ring.


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