Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S., the only country where it remains available.

FDA approves 1st birth control app, long-term vaginal contraception ring

An app designed to track fertility and prevent pregnancy in women 18 and older is the first to win US Food and Drug Administration approval to be marketed as a contraceptive, the agency announced Friday. The Natural Cycles app was approved as part of the agency’s new Digital Health Innovation Action Plan, designed to fast track approval for new low-to-moderate-risk devices.

Sens. Blumenthal, Murphy introduce ‘Protect Access to Birth Control Act’

Senator Richard Blumenthal joined Senator Chris Murphy and 33 others in Congress to introduce the “Protect Access to Birth Control Act.” The legislation would rescind the Trump Administration rule that allows companies to interfere with employees’ reproductive health decisions, and forces women to pay more for birth control.

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