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BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 12 June 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1574

Japan approves the contraceptive pill: A Japanese government panel announced its recommendation last week to allow sales of oral contraceptives. The Health and Welfare Ministry is expected to approve the recommendation of its Central Pharmaceutical Affairs Council in about a month. The approval comes nearly a decade after pharmaceutical companies first applied …

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