U.S. Food and Drug Administration Proposes New Warning for Over-the-Counter Contraceptive Drugs Containing Nonoxynol 9
January 17, 2003
The Food and Drug Administration proposed new warning labels Thursday for over-the-counter contraceptive drugs that contain the spermicide nonoxynol 9. The warning would state that vaginal contraceptives containing nonoxynol 9 do not protect against infection from HIV or other STDs. The proposed label warnings would also tell consumers that the use of these contraceptives can increase vaginal irritation, which may raise the risk of HIV and other STDs. The proposals are based on recent studies that showed nonoxynol 9 is ineffective in the prevention of HIV infection.Adapted from:
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