Doctors in US are testing a new birth control method to combat Zika
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is launching a campaign to test a new method for contraception in the United States that could curb the spread of Zika.
The testing program, dubbed “Risks of Contraception Testing,” will test all US pharmacies for new birth-control devices, according to a news release from the CDC.
The new testing is being conducted in partnership with leading pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Sanofi-Aventis (SAVE).
The new test is an advanced contraceptive and is the first such test to be offered in the US for the first time, according the CDC statement.
It will allow pharmacists to quickly identify any contraceptive products they may be encountering, as well as provide information on any new methods or methods of contraception being tested for.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is also conducting an analysis of the new tests to determine whether they pose a public health risk.
While the test will not be offered to women without insurance, it will be offered by pharmacists who do not have insurance, the CDC said.