Even though the tradition of placing the onus of birth control almost exclusively on women has been here for centuries, a biomedical research agency in India claims that men would soon be able to share the responsibility with their partners. The agency has now successfully completed a clinical trial on an injectable male contraceptive, and the contraceptive passed the trials with flying colors.
It currently awaits approval from authorities, and if all goes well, the product could be made available for men across the globe as early as six months from now.
The first-of-its-kind male contraceptive has been developed by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), according to a report by the Hindustan Times. It’s a government-funded biomedical research agency, and the male contraceptive is designed as a replacement for a surgical vasectomy. It is currently the only male sterilization method existing in the world, and the new contraceptive is effective for 13 years.
Dr. R.S. Sharma, a senior scientist with ICMR who has been spearheading the trials said that the product is ready, with only regulatory approvals pending. He added that the trials are over, including extended, phase 3 clinical trials, for which 303 candidates were recruited with a 97.3 percent success rate and no reported side-effects.
Sharma added that the product can safely be called the world’s first male contraceptive.
The New York Post reports that newly developed male contraceptive is a polymer called styrene-maleic anhydride that has to be injected into the vas deferens by a registered medical professional. The procedure is done under local anesthesia.
It has been revealed by Medicaments Controller General of India V.G. Somani that officials are being extremely careful with the approval process of the newly developed male contraceptive product, as it’s the first in the world, and they’re looking at all aspects, especially the good manufacturing practice (GMP) certification that won’t raise any questions about its quality. He noted that it will still take about six to seven months for all the approvals to be granted before the product can be manufactured.