Which factors present obstacles to the development of new contraceptive methods?

Updated: Dec 10, 2018
  • Author: Frances E Casey, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Richard Scott Lucidi, MD, FACOG  more...
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In 1996, the Institute of Medicine produced a report that examined the need for additional contraceptive choices and investigated the climate for development. The report was a follow-up to the 1990 Institute of Medicine evaluation of obstacles and opportunities for contraceptive development. Their findings noted that the array of contraceptive choices was limited in regard to specific health problems, cultural differences, life-cycle changes, and reproductive intentions. The committee also noted that regulatory issues, political pressures, and legal concerns have deterred pharmaceutical manufacturers from investigating new forms of contraception despite the evidence of need and market demand. As a result, the burden of research and development has shifted to small firms and nonprofit organizations that are not as well equipped to bring new contraceptives to market.


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