Pfizer, Gates Foundation, expand contraceptive access in poor nations

November 13, 2014 3:57 PM

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(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Thursday announced an agreement to expand access to the drugmaker's long-acting Sayana Press contraceptive to women in 69 of the world's poorest countries, for $1 per dose.

The drug, which will be available in pre-packaged capsule syringes and given every three months, had previously been introduced under the program to only a few of the poorest countries, including Burkina Faso, Niger and Bangladesh. It is also approved in Europe.

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