"Nov. 20, 2012 -- Oral contraceptives should be made available without a prescription to reduce unintended pregnancies, according to a newly published opinion by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
(desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets USP, 0.15 mg/0.02 mg and (ethinyl estradiol) Tablets USP, 0.01 mg
Patients should be counseled that this product does not protect against HIV infection (AIDS) and other sexually transmitted diseases.
VIORELE (desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP and ethinyl estradiol tablets USP) provides an oral contraceptive regimen of 21 white tablets each containing 0.15 mg desogestrel (13-ethyl-11- methylene-18,19-dinor-17 alpha-pregn- 4-en- 20-yn-17-ol), 0.02 mg ethinyl estradiol USP (19-nor-17 alpha-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3,17-diol), and inactive ingredients which include vitamin E, potato starch, povidone, isopropyl alcohol, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, lactose, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, macrogol, talc, followed by 2 green tablets with following inactive ingredients: lactose, starch, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, macrogol, talc, iron oxide yellow, FD&C blue No. 2 indigo carmine aluminum lake. VIORELE also contains 5 yellow tablets containing 0.01 mg ethinyl estradiol USP (19-nor-17 alpha-pregna-1,3,5 (10)-trien-20-yne-3, 17-diol) and inactive ingredients which include vitamin E, lactose, potato starch, povidone, isopropyl alcohol, colloidal silicon dioxide, magnesium stearate, hypromellose, titanium dioxide, macrogol, talc, iron oxide yellow. The molecular weights for desogestrel and ethinyl estradiol USP are 310.48 and 296.40 respectively. The structural formulas are as follows:
1. Hatcher RA, Trussell J, Stewart F et al. Contraceptive Technology: Seventeenth Revised Edition, New York: Irvington Publishers, 1998, in press.
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