In­done­sia nears first male con­tra­cep­tive pill

Southeast Asia Globe - - Healthcare Special -

Af­ter three suc­cess­ful rounds of hu­man tri­als, In­done­sia may soon be the first coun­try in the world to pro­duce and sell a male con­tra­cep­tive pill. Derived from the bit­ter gen­darussa plant, used by West Pa­puan newly-weds to avoid con­cep­tion be­fore pay­ing off their dowry, the pill is slated to be­gin a fi­nal 12-month trial later this year in or­der to re­ceive ap­proval from the coun­try’s Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The cap­sule, which is be­lieved to have no last­ing side-ef­fects or per­ma­nent im­pact on viril­ity, is the prod­uct of three decades of re­search and re­fin­ing from sci­en­tists at East Java’s Air­langga Univer­sity.

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