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Stagnant contraceptive sales after the Zika epidemic in Brazil

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Author(s):
Bahamondes, Luis [1] ; Ali, Moazzam [2] ; Monteiro, Ilza [1] ; Fernandes, Arlete [1]
Total Authors: 4
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Estadual Campinas, Family Planning Clin, Dept Obstet & Gynaecol, Med Sch, Caixa Postal 6181, BR-13084971 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[2] World Hlth Org, Dept Reprod Hlth & Res, Geneva - Switzerland
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CONTRACEPTION AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE; v. 22, n. 5, p. 381-383, 2017.
Web of Science Citations: 1
Abstract

Objectives: Our aim was to assess national hormonal and non-hormonal contraceptive sales in Brazil after the Zika virus outbreak. Methods: Pharmaceutical companies based in Brazil provided data on monthly sales from September 2016 to June 2017. Data from both the public and private sectors were obtained about sales of registered, available modern contraceptive methods: combined oral contraceptive pill; progestin-only pill; vaginal and transdermal contraceptives; injectable contraceptives; long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, including the copper-releasing intrauterine device, the levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system and the etonogestrel-releasing subdermal implant; and emergency contraceptive pills. Results: Seventy-eight percent of sales comprised pills, patches and vaginal rings (11.1-13.8 million cycles/units per month), followed by emergency contraceptive pills (1.8-2.6 million pills), injectables (1.2-1.4 million ampoules) and LARC methods (6500-17,000 devices). Conclusions: The data showed much higher sales of short-acting methods compared with more effective LARC methods. The public sector needs to strengthen its focus on ensuring better access to LARC methods through a systematic approach ensuring regular supply, improved professional skills and better demand generation to couples wishing to avoid or delay pregnancy. In Zika virus-affected areas, many women of reproductive age may want to delay or postpone pregnancy by using an effective LARC method. The public sector should review its policies on LARC, as the need for these methods especially in Zika virus endemic areas may increase. A clear emphasis on quality in services, access and use is warranted. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 15/20504-9 - Clinical findings among progestin-only contraceptives' users
Grantee:Luis Guillermo Bahamondes
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants