On Tuesday, July 20th, Johnson & Johnson announced it has developed a contraceptive patch for women that could be available as early as next year.
The Evra Contraceptive Patch, which is the newest form of birth control developed in recent years, is the size of a half dollar and is worn on the abdomen, arm, or buttocks. It works similarly to the birth control pill, but is absorbed through the skin. Each patch is effective for one week.
Tests conducted by the company show that it is as effective as oral contraceptives and easy to use.
Johnson & Johnson plans to apply for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval sometime next year.