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    Summary: pharmacy intercept study.

    Family of the Future [FOF]; Porter, Novelli and Associates

    [Unpublished] 1982 Feb 22. 16 p.

    Family of the Future (FOF) conducted between December 14 1981 and January 7 1982 interviews with 394 people at 10 pharmacies and 3 clinics, to determine awareness of family planning methods. Among the 394 people interviewed 100 did not use contraception, 98 were condom users, 100 were oral contraceptive (OC) users, and 96 were vaginal foaming tablet users. Mean age of males was 34.7, and mean age of OC users was 31, of foaming tablet users was 30, and of nonusers was 28. In general, men were better educated than women. 44% of condom users said they liked them because of lack of side effects; 1/3 said the condom reduced sensitivity; 90% of users knew the Tops brand, followed by the Tahiti brand. 99% bought condoms at a pharmacy; 7 out of 10 would buy Tops; 4 out of 10 said they first bought a condom under advice of the pharmacist. 76% preferred the inner package to be covered on both sides; 2/3 of respondents said they had seen advertisements about Tops. 49% of OC users thought it was the most effective method; mean duration of pill use was 5.3 years. 33% had first heard of OCs from a doctor; 90% of users took the pill correctly and the most common side effect was headache. 50% of women said neither a doctor nor a pharmacist had ever discussed side effects with them. Anovlar was the best known brand, and 95% of users were satisfied with the brand they used. Users of tablets liked the lack of side effects best, although 6 out of 10 did not like the bubbly, warm, and burning sensation after insertion; 4 out of 10 users said their husbands could feel the tablet during intercourse. 90% of users had heard of the Amaan brand, and 82% currently used it. 9 out of 10 users bought the tablets at a pharmacy, and 90% said they had read the instructions; 4 out of 10 had heard of the tablets from a doctor. Among nonusers of contraception 3 out of 10 were pregnant, 2 out of 10 were breastfeeding, and 2 out of 10 said they wanted more children. 6 out of 10 had previously used the pill, 1/4 the IUD, and 20% the condom. Nonusers reported that they would start family planning in about 1 year. 6 out of 10 said they would use the IUD, 3 out of 10 the pill, and less than 10% the tablet. The pill was chosen because of its effectiveness, but prospective users knew they would experience some side effects. 90% of prospective IUD users also were expecting side effects. The IUD was chosen mostly because of its effectiveness and because it does not need sustained motivation. Over 90% of users would like more information about family planning methods; about 7 out of 10 respondents knew of FOF.
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    Rubber condoms. Pt. 1. Sampling plans and limit requirements. Draft international standard ISO/DIS 4074/1; ISO/TC 157 NIZZE.

    International Organization for Standardization [ISO]

    Stockholm, ISO, 1982 Mar 19. 5 p.

    This section of ISO 4074 specifies the sampling plan and limit requirements for rubber condoms. Condoms are produced in identifiable lots manufactured under the same conditions and at basically the same time. There are about 150,000 condoms in each inspection lot which are of the same appearance in 1 standard width, length, and surface type. Condoms are made from good quality natural rubber latex, transparent, translucent, opaque, or colored. There are 2 classes of condom, 52 mm and 49 mm wide, and 2 types, smooth and textured surface. Design requirements are specified in tabular form. As far as physical requirements are concerned, tensile properties are presented. When resistance to storage is required, the condoms shall be tested as per ISO 4074/7. As to bursting volume and pressure, each inspection lot shall be sampled per ISO 2859, for normal inspections. The bursting volume shall be min 10 cu dm and bursting pressure min 0.7 kPa for both classes of condoms utilizing a 2.5 AQL. Freedom from holes, color fastness, and sampling and requirements for packaging and labelling are also specified. Inspection lots of condoms may be accepted for adherence to this standard only if they satisfy all requirements listed. Those which do not cannot be considered as meeting the ISO Standards for condoms.
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