Sunday, June 28, 2009

Contraception and Birth Control Stocks

The correlation between contraception and the recession is significant. Women are now much more concerned about preventing pregnancy during the economic downturn. Because of this concern, investors are looking at companies that are involved in contraception and birth control products. Here are a selection of stocks in this area:

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (TEVA) owns Barr Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which owns Duramed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which makes the ParaGard T-380A, a copper-T IUD, the only copper-containing intrauterine device approved for use in the U.S.

Bayer AG (BAYRY.PK), which owns Bayer Schering Pharma, which makes the T-frame LNG-20 IUS, an intra-uterine system marketed as Mirena Coil. They also market birth control pills.

SSL International plc (SLSLY.PK) is a British-based manufacturer of healthcare products makes the Shieks and Ramses brands, and the Durex brands of condoms.

Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (CHD) makes the Trojan brands of prophylactics.

Ansell Limited (ANSLF.PK) makes the Mates brand and Lifestyles brand of condoms.

Schering-Plough Corporation (SGP) owns Organon International which makes NuvaRing, a combined hormonal contraceptive vaginal ring and Implanon, a single-rod long acting reversible hormonal contraceptive birth control subdermal implant that is inserted just under the skin of the upper arm.

Pfizer Incorporated (PFE) makes Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection which is injected every 3 months. They also market birth control pills.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) owns Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, which makes Diaphragms, and the combined oral contraceptive pill brands Ortho Tri-cyclen and Ortho-Evra.

However, a possible offset of this correlation is Pfizer's distribution of Viagra for free for those who lost their jobs and health insuance.


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