Healthcare transparency is gaining public support, but still faces multiple obstacles to becoming a broad reality across the industry. Some surgery centers are leading the way in making costs and outcomes transparent through their websites.
Drug delivery platform will release medication for monthly dosing
August 30, 2019
Although lowering side effects plays an important role in oral contraceptive compliance, one of the biggest challenges for patients is adhering to the daily schedule of the pill. Forgetting one to three pills per cycle is a frequent problem among 15-51% of users, particularly among adolescents. Lyndra Therapeutics has received a $13 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is setting out to remove the daily pill compliance challenge. The company is in early development of a monthly oral contraceptive to provide women with a discreet, noninvasive, reversible contraception option.
New research indicates that for Texas providers and patients, the 2016 Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new labeling for the abortion drug mifepristone increased access options and brought the proportion of medication abortions in the state into alignment with national data.
In 2002, just 2.4% of U.S. women using birth control were using long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) methods, such as the intrauterine device or the contraceptive implant. By 2014, about 14% of women using birth control reported LARC use.
Even though age limits for purchasing emergency contraception (EC) were removed five years ago, results of a recent survey of more than 700 Texas pharmacies found that 46.5% of drugstores still have an age restriction for buying the medication, and more than 50% require a consultation before medication purchase.
As restrictions of clinic access to abortion mount, some women may seek internet access to services. Research indicates that women seeking medication abortion drugs online choose to do so because of barriers to clinic access in states with and without restrictive abortion laws. The choice also can happen when women prefer to self-manage their abortion rather than receive clinical care.