Longer supply may help women stick with the Pill

Women who get several months’ worth of birth control pills at once are more likely to stick with the contraceptive than those who get a shorter-term supply, a new clinical trial suggests. As it stands, private and public health insurance plans in the U.S. generally limit how many months’ worth of birth control pills can be prescribed at a time. The practice was established years ago, when there were concerns about the Pill causing certain health problems, including high blood pressure.

The idea was that having women make more doctor visits could help in catching any ill effects. But even now that those concerns have been eased, the restriction on Pill prescriptions remains. And studies suggest that it’s a barrier to women continuing with birth control pills; researchers have found that “running out of pills” is one of the most common reasons women cite for giving up the Pill.
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Gel fuel linked to flash fires, severe burns recalled

Nine manufacturers will recall a pourable gel used to fuel decorative fire pots after explosions severely burned dozens of people, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Thursday. The gel fuels indoor and outdoor decorative lighting basins sought for their ambience but has been linked to unexpected explosions that splatter skin and furniture with the molten, long-burning substance, the CPSC said. The substance, likened by victims to napalm, sticks to the skin and is difficult to extinguish.

Federal officials are aware of at least 65 accidents related to the gel products, including two deaths from a product previously recalled, and 34 hospitalizations. Victims suffered second and third degree burns to the face, chest, hands, arms, and legs, according to the CPSC.
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