§ Mr. Coleman
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which countries now ban or place restrictions on the use of the contraceptive drug Depo Provera
§ Dr. Vaughan
The United Kingdom licensing authority does not hold detailed information about the availability of medicinal products in other countries. However, I understand that Depo-Provera is licensed for use as a long-term contraceptive in about 80 countries and for short-term contraceptive use or other indications in nine countries, including Ireland, Italy and the United States in addition to the United Kingdom. I understand that, some time ago, the product was withdrawn from use by the regulatory authorities of Egypt and Jordan.