Monday, December 17, 2007
FDA May Approve New Nonsurgical Sterilization Device
A U.S. advisory panel said on Thursday that an experimental device made by Hologic Inc...to permanently sterilize women could be approved if several post-marketing studies are conducted.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have the final say on whether to approve the Adiana system, which uses a catheter to implant a silicone device in the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy.
The FDA usually accepts the advice of its advisory panels.
The only current FDA-approved nonsurgical female sterilization procedure is the Essure system made by Conceptus Inc... which uses a metal coil device implanted in the fallopian tubes.
Both systems work by stimulating scar tissue growth in the fallopian tubes, effectively blocking the tubes, and preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
I really wish we would see more options for sterilization and family planning that impose the medical burdens on the man.