January 21, 2004
Keith Winestein of the U.K. National AIDS Trust said, "This is a very welcome decision. A raft of agencies and organzations agree that N-9 is harmful and it needs to be removed from any products that might put the consumer at risk" (BBC News, 1/20). "The fastest way to get people to stop using N-9 condoms is to simply take them off the shelves," Global Campaign for Microbicides Global North Programs Director Anna Forbes said, adding, "We salute Durex's decision to become the first of the three largest condom manufacturers to put public health above profits in this matter. They are joining the ranks of responsible corporate leaders heeding the World Health Organization's guidance against promoting N-9 condoms" (Global Campaign for Microbicides release, 1/16). Several other companies, including Johnson & Johnson, which makes K-Y lubricant jelly, and Mayer, which makes the Kimono brand of condom, have stopped manufacturing condoms with nonoxynol-9 (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/29/03).
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