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New advances in contraception

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Air date: February 2, 2014


Healthcare Policy & Public Health Men's & Women's Health
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Interview: Tracey Wilkinson, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Maria Roth, M.D., assistant professor, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition, University of Washington School of Medicine.

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that teenagers trying to obtain emergency contraception from pharmacists were being denied. Lead author Tracey Wilkinson, M.D., MPH, found that pharmacists told many teenagers 17 and older they needed a prescription for Plan B or to have a parent or guardian present, or they cited ethical reasons for not supplying Plan B.

Australian researchers recently announced results from mouse studies regarding the potential for a male contraceptive pill. Maria Roth, M.D., discusses that potential, why a male contraceptive pill hasnít been developed, and when we can expect one to hit the market.