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"Period-free birth-control pill a step closer after study"

Globe and Mail

Source: Globe and Mail

Published: 27 Jun 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (3½ stars)

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The longest clinical study ever conducted for a continuous-use birth-control pill has found that this new breed of the Pill is just as safe as traditional oral contraceptives. If it is approved by Health Canada, women will have the option of going period-free and never having to walk down the feminine hygiene product aisle again.
The study, financed by the drug's manufacturer, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, bolsters chances of Health Canada approving the drug, Anya, which is not yet available in Canada or the United States. Results from clinical trials are crucial to a drug getting approved, along with data collected from trials in other countries....

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Total Score 7 of 10
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
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Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
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This is a well-done story with balanced perspective from both the advocates and critics of menstrual suppression. It mentions both he strength and weakness of the studies which is very useful. Pharmaceutical alteration of mentrual cycles is a highly controversial issue and long-term studies are needed to know what kinds of effects are associated with these kinds of treatments.

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