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Action against contraceptive implant threatened

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.470 (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:470

Lawyers in Britain are threatening litigation over subcutaneous implants of the contraceptive levonorgestrel (Norplant), already the subject of group legal actions in several states in the US. They allege that insertion of the implant, which goes under the skin of the upper arm, by untrained doctors has led to painful and difficult removals and has left women with scarred arms. They also claim that insufficient warnings have been given about possible side effects, such as mood swings and continuous vaginal bleeding.

The Medical Defence Union said that it had been notified about a handful of potential claims against general practi-tioners. A solicitor in Nottingham, …

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