WomanCare Global launches Simplant, Long-acting Reversible Contraception, in Chile

Posted on: May 22, 2013 by: Amy McNally

SAN DIEGO, CA ― WomanCare Global recently launched Simplant in Chile with an extensive training initiative attended by 90 health care providers.

Simplant, a long-acting reversible contraceptive (or LARC), is a highly effective subdermal implant composed of two thin, flexible, silicone rods, each containing 75 mg levonorgestrel (a synthetic form of the hormone progestin). These are inserted under the skin of a woman’s arm by a trained health care provider. Simplant provides contraception for four years with an immediate return to fertility upon discontinuation.  Simplant has been available since 1994 and has been used by over 8 million women.

“With more than 230 million women globally who have an unmet need for modern contraception, we at WomanCare Global are passionate about finding solutions where women can choose family planning products that meet their individual needs,” said Saundra Pelletier, CEO of WomanCare Global. “With the launch of Simplant in Chile, medical providers in Chile can now offer a greater variety of suitable options to women who want to delay or limit childbirth.”

The WomanCare Global Simplant Training Meeting was held at the School of Midwifery in Santiago with the collaboration of APROFA which is an International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) affiliate and the distributor of Simplant in Chile.  The meeting was chaired by internationally renowned Horacio B. Croxatto, MD, President of the Chilean Institute of Reproductive Medicine (ICMER) and Professor of Reproductive Physiology at the Catholic University of Chile.  Dr. Croxatto is considered a world authority on contraception and an early pioneer and innovator of subdermal contraceptive technologies.  Trainings were also supported by Matthew Reeves, MD, CMO of WomanCare Global, and Carmen Luz Alvarado, MD and David Eisen, MD, members of APROFA Board of Directors.

“APROFA initiated the distribution of Simplant in Santiago and will expand it throughout the 15 Chilean regions in a 24 month period” said Alejandro Guajardo, Executive Director of APROFA.

“Introducing Simplant in Chile was an honor for me,” said Dr. Horacio B. Croxatto.  “I am so pleased that the women of Chile now have access to Simplant, an extremely safe and effective contraceptive method.  Thank you to WomanCare Global for making this all possible.”

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