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Compensation payout over implant pregnancies

5th January 2011

The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency has confirmed that almost 600 women became pregnant although they were using a contraceptive implant.


Over 1,600 reports of "adverse reactions" to the Implanon device were also logged and the health service has paid out compensation to women who fell pregnant while using it.

The implant, made by MSD, is placed beneath the skin of the arm by a doctor or nurse, where it allows hormones to be released into the bloodstream.

MSD said that if the implant was not placed correctly then there was a higher risk of pregnancy, but if it was inserted in the right way then the risk was less than 1%.

The MHRA said that since the device was launched in 2000, 584 women had fallen pregnant and there were reports of 1,607 adverse reactions.

The MHRA also stated that medical professionals had reported that it was difficult to insert the implant.

In a statement, manufacturers MSD said: "If the implant is not inserted in accordance with the instructions and on the correct day, this may result in an unintended pregnancy. In addition, no contraceptive is 100% effective."

Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said: "Implants are an excellent and usually extremely reliable method of birth control. But all contraceptives have a failure rate, and although with implants this is tiny, women do need to be aware."


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