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Women in US sue makers of Norplant

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6948.145 (Published 16 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:145
  1. J Roberts

    About 400 women in the US have filed suit against the maker of the contraceptive Norplant, claiming that it is difficult to stop using it. Norplant, inserted subdermally, lasts for five years and in the US is made by Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories.

    The women claim that they suffered permanent injuries, mostly scarring, after repeated attempts to remove the six match-stick sized capsules that are placed under the skin. Although the capsules are made to remain active and implanted for five years, some women seek removal earlier.

    According to Wyeth-Ayerst, about …

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