The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has successfully completed clinical trials of the world’s first injectable male contraceptive, which has been sent to the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) for approval.
The contraceptive is effective for 13 years, after which it loses its potency. It is designed as a replacement for surgical vasectomy, which is the only male sterilisation method available in the world.
"The trials are over, including extended, phase 3 clinical trials for which 303 candidates were recruited with 97.3% success rate and no reported side-effects." said Dr RS Sharma, senior scientist with ICMR, who has been spearheading the trials.
"Non-surgical procedures are always preferred over surgical procedures because they will be safer and less invasive. More men are likely to opt for it," said Dr Anup Kumar, head of urology and renal transplant department, Safdarjung Hospital.
contraceptive：名詞，避孕藥。例句：Taking contraceptives can prevent pregnancy.（服用避孕藥可避免懷孕。）
potency：名詞，效力。例句：The potency of the drug was underestimated.（這種藥的效用被低估了。）
approval：名詞，核准、同意。例句：Without my mother’s approval, I cannot sleep over in your house.（沒有我媽媽允許，我不能去你家過夜。）