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New Female Condom Approved by FDA Panel

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel voted unanimously to approve a second generation female condom last week. The device is cheaper than female condoms that are currently available, is easier to produce, and uses a soft new material.

The panel advised that instructions for the new device remain the same as those for first generation female condoms, which were approved in the US in 1993, according to the Washington Post.

American Social Health Association Vice President Deborah Arrindell told Reuters that “female condoms are the only woman-controlled method of safer sex, and we also know what the birth control pill did for women: it allowed them an unprecedented control over their reproductive status.”

Sources:

Reuters 12/11/08; Washington Post 12/12/08