The Indian Council of Medical Research has announced the successful completion of clinical trials of the world’s first injectable male contraceptive, which has been sent to the Drug Controller General of India for approval
The contraceptive which would be effective for 13 years, after which it loses its potency is said to be designed as a replacement for surgical vasectomy, which is the only male sterilisation method available in the world.
While the trials lasted, 303 candidates were recruited, with 97.3% success rate and no reported side-effects.
“The product can safely be called the world’s first male contraceptive,” said a senior scientist with ICMR, Dr. RS Sharma, who led the researchers.
“The contraceptive is a polymer that has to be injected under local anaesthesia in the sperm-containing tube near the testicles (vas deferens) by a registered medical professional.
“The polymer was developed by Prof. SK Guha from the Indian Institute of Technology in the 1970s.
“ICMR has been researching on it to turn it into a product for mass use since 1984, and the final product is ready after exhaustive trials,” said Sharma.
“The product, called reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance, is made of a compound called Styrene Maleic Anhydride,” Sharmer explained further.
Credit: Hindustan Times