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Organon Multiload Cu 375

May 1996

Vol 14 Issue 5 This month's letter: Hanging comparatives "more copper", "increased efficacy" and "prolonged reliability" in Organon's promotion of Multiload Cu375 in India suggest Multiload Cu375 is better than any other intra-uterine device, a suggestion not supported by the evidence. The Tcu380A appears to have equivalent safety and efficacy and is much cheaper.

 

 

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