Journal Article

Commentary on research to improve contraceptive and multipurpose prevention technologies

The development of innovative fertility regulation technologies requires multi-sectoral expertise: biology and biochemistry; engineering; clinical trial research; regulatory approval; manufacturing; and mechanisms to ensure that safe, acceptable, and effective products reach interested users. This requires substantial and diverse investments and often requires decades of commitment. However, since at least 1990, experts have noted significant underinvestment in new contraceptive technologies. Compared to other health technologies, the high costs and risks associated with the development and introduction of new contraceptives make such investments less attractive to the pharmaceutical industry and other prospective investors.