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Demand for male contraception

TitleDemand for male contraception
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDorman, E, Bishai, D
JournalExpert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research
Volume12
Pagination605-13
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1744-8379 (Electronic)1473-7167 (Linking)
Accession Number23186401
Abstract

The biological basis for male contraception was established decades ago, but despite promising breakthroughs and the financial burden men increasingly bear due to better enforcement of child support policies, no viable alternative to the condom has been brought to market. Men who wish to control their fertility must rely on female compliance with contraceptives, barrier methods, vasectomy or abstinence. Over the last 10 years, the pharmaceutical industry has abandoned most of its investment in the field, leaving only nonprofit organisations and public entities pursuing male contraception. Leading explanations are uncertain forecasts of market demand pitted against the need for critical investments to demonstrate the safety of existing candidate products. This paper explores the developments and challenges in male contraception research. We produce preliminary estimates of potential market size for a safe and effective male contraceptive based on available data to estimate the potential market for a novel male method.