16 Februar 2004

Worlds first male herbal contraceptive ready to be enter market

Lucknow, Feb 15 (UNI) With the Indian government adopting various measures to spread awareness about different family planning techniques, the world’s first ever herbal contraceptive for men is ready to be formally launched here on February 17.

The cream-based, fully herbal contraceptive, made by the Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow will be launched by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi Director General Dr R A Mashelkar.

The herbal contraceptive has been named as “Consap” for which the CDRI has already received a world patent. The product, which is infact a spermicial cream, would be marketed by Thiruvananthapuram based Hindustan Latex Limited, a Government of India undertaking, and CDRI hopes that the product would be commercially available in the open market within the next two-three months.

The main constituent of the contraceptive is “Reetha” (commonly known as soap nut) which is also the prime base of all the herbal shampoos and soaps. The wild tree producing “Reetha” fruit is found at an altitude of 1,000-4,000 ft in the Himalayan region, parts of Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim.

Source: deepikaglobal.com vom 2004-02-15.

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