Levoplant Receives WHO Prequalification
On June 30, 2017, the World Health Organization (WHO) prequalified Sino-implant (II), a long-acting 2-rod reversible contraceptive implant marketed globally under the name of Levoplant. This milestone is the culmination of more than a decade of committed collaboration between key partners: Shanghai Dahua Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.; FHI 360; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); distributors including DKT, Marie Stopes International, and Pharm Access Africa Limited; as well as service delivery groups, national governments, and others.
The product has been prequalified by WHO for a 3-year duration of use, with the pivotal trial ongoing into the fourth year; registrations at the national level are currently being updated. In November 2016, the United Nations Population Fund approved Levoplant/Sino-implant (II) for purchase by its country programs through the WHO Expert Review Panel process. WHO prequalification will now allow additional donors to purchase the product for country programs.
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