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Surgeon General of the United States
Comments on Family Planning Summit in
PR Newswire
NEW YORK, July 10, 2012
July 10, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Joycelyn Elders, 15th Surgeon
General of
the United States
said, "The London Summit to Revitalize Family
Planning promises to be one of the most important efforts in recent history to
improve the education, health and lives of poor women and girls." She further
commented, "VCF Contraceptive Film, a safe, easy-to-use effective
contraceptive, should be considered as one method of affordable birth control
to offer to women around the world. VCF has been used by women throughout
the United States
for many years with great success for birth control."
According to a new report from Save the Children, pregnancy is currently the
biggest killer of teenage girls worldwide, with one million young women dying or
suffering injury, infection or disease due to pregnancy or childbirth every year.
The report reveals that girls under 15 are five times more likely to die from
pregnancy related causes than women in their 20s, while babies born to
younger mothers are also at far greater risk. Nearly a million babies born to
adolescent mothers die every year.
According to the manufacturer of VCF, Apothecus Pharmaceutical, CEO Dan
Leon, commented, "VCF has distributed hundreds of millions of contraceptive
films with incredible results, sustaining high levels of user loyalty through our
clinics and retail stores." Mr. Leon further commented that, "VCF would be a
welcomed addition to the worldwide contraceptive arsenal to be distributed to
underprivileged women around the world. We would welcome the opportunity
to work with the Gates Foundation or any other foundation that promotes
women's health care issues worldwide."
For decades, non-profit health clinics throughout
the United States
have been
educating women on the advantages of VCF, and have made this non-
prescription birth control method available to their patients. VCF definitely has
its advantages, given that it is hormone free. It provides protection without the
side effects normally associated with prescription birth control methods. VCF is
ideal for women who can't afford medical care and must rely on themselves to
be vigilant about using contraception. Health professionals believe that VCF is
an important and safe method in helping to reduce the unwanted pregnancy
epidemic that exists today.
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