EU drugs agency to review safety of contraceptives

LONDON Mon Jan 28, 2013 11:15am EST

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LONDON Jan 28 (Reuters) - The European Medicines Agency said on Monday it would review the safety of third- and fourth-generation combined oral contraceptives to decide if there was a need to restrict their use.

The move follows a request by France, where authorities have already taken steps to reduce use of the drugs in favour of second-generation contraceptives.

(Reporting by Ben Hirschler)