Nexplanon replaces Implanon

Nexplanon is removed in the same way as Implanon.
Nexplanon is removed in the same way as Implanon.

Implanon (etonogestrel) has been replaced by Nexplanon. The new version of the contraceptive implant is bioequivalent to Implanon and is removed in the same way. However, it contains barium to allow localisation on X-ray or CT scan.

Nexplanon also has a different insertion mechanism from Implanon, designed to reduce implantation errors. Healthcare professionals trained in the use of Implanon must be trained in the new procedure (preferably including model-arm training with a placebo implant) before starting to insert Nexplanon.

View Nexplanon drug record

Further information: www.nexplanon.co.uk/training

Want news like this straight to your inbox?
Sign up for our bulletins

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in

More from MIMS

Drug shortages - live tracker

Drug shortages - live tracker

Use our constantly updated shortages tracker to check...

Live updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK

Live updates: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK

Use our timeline to follow the latest coronavirus developments...

SGLT2 inhibitors summarised in new MIMS table

SGLT2 inhibitors summarised in new MIMS table

Prescribers can quickly compare key features and benefits...

Proposed withdrawal of bipolar disorder treatment revoked

Proposed withdrawal of bipolar disorder treatment revoked

The manufacturer of first-line bipolar disorder treatment...