FDA approves Teva's Quartette tablets for prevention of pregnancy

Published on March 30, 2013 at 2:57 AM · No Comments

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TEVA) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Quartette™ (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) tablets for the prevention of pregnancy. Quartette™ represents the next generation of extended regimen oral contraceptives to be approved by the FDA, and was designed to minimize breakthrough bleeding (BTB) between scheduled periods. The approval of Quartette™ demonstrates Teva's continued commitment to the development and production of an innovative range of pharmaceutical products that support the health of women around the world.

“Breakthrough bleeding can be experienced with any birth control pill, especially during the first few months, and is one of the reasons a large number of women discontinue extended regimens”

"Breakthrough bleeding can be experienced with any birth control pill, especially during the first few months, and is one of the reasons a large number of women discontinue extended regimens," said Dr. James A. Simon, clinical professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington University School of Medicine. "The estrogen in Quartette™ increases at specific points and provides four short light periods a year. Breakthrough bleeding decreases over time, which might help encourage patient adherence."

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