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Fitting failures of Implanon contraceptive devices

Several hundred women have reported unwanted pregnancies

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14 January 2011

There have been a number of media reports about the effectiveness of the contraceptive device Implanon. Implanon is a contraceptive implant fitted under the skin which contains etonogestrel (a synthetic version of the hormone progesterone). It is estimated that more than 1 million implants have been sold in the UK since Implanon was first licensed in 1999.  For the device to work it must be fitted properly by a trained health professional.  In some cases these devices have been improperly fitted resulting in unwanted pregnancies.  Some women have reported excessive scarring when devices were removed from their arms.

The Nursing Times has reported that inadequate training could have caused the devices to be fitted incorrectly.  Some women are now suing their local primary care trusts after becoming pregnant and suffering physical and devastating psychological injuries.

The clinical negligence team has been approached by women about possible claims for compensation against the family planning clinics where their contraceptive devices were fitted.   If you would like to speak to a solicitor about Implanon please contact Sanja Strkljevic on 020 7650 1200.

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