Transdermal contraceptive patch - a new birth control option

Banerjee S
Record ID 32002000297
English, French
Authors' objectives:

To summarise the available evidence on the transdermal contraceptive patch.

Authors' recommendations: - A new, once-weekly contraceptive patch (Ortho Evra TM) that delivers transdermally norelgestromin and ethinyl estradiol was approved by the U.S. FDA November, 2001. - Patch drug delivery systems theoretically offer advantages over oral therapy, including enhanced adherence to treatment regimen and reduction in adverse events. - A randomized controlled trial (RCT) demonstrated better adherence to the treatment regimen, with the patch when compared to an oral contraceptive (OC). - However withdrawals due to adverse events and participant choice were higher in patch users than in OC users. - An RCT covering six or 13 menstrual cycles indicated that the short-term efficacy of the patch was similar to that of the OC, but the risk of pregnancy in the long term is not known.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2001
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Canada
MeSH Terms
  • Contraception
  • Contraceptive Agents, Female
Organisation Name: Canadian Coordinating Office for Health Technology Assessment
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