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A meeting between UNAIR Rector and the President Director of PT. Hansen Laboratories to sign an MOU for birth control pills for men on Wednesday, March 8. (Photo: Helmy Rafsanjani)
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UNAIR NEWS – After five years, birth control pills for men from willow-leaved justicia extract (Justicia gendarussa) is finally going to be manufactured. The finding of  Universitas Airlangga’s research team is going to be mass-produced by PT. Harsen Laboratories. The agreement was established from the memorandum of understanding signed by both institutions on Wednesday, March 8, in Management Office Building UNAIR.

“One of the hundreds products found by UNAIR researchers is ready to be manufactured and commercialized. The dream of birth control pills for men is coming true,” said UNAIR Rector Prof. Dr. M. Nasih, S.E., M.T., Ak.

The agreement was signed by UNAIR Rector and the President Director of PT. Harsen Laboratories Haryoseno. It was witnessed by the Director of Industrial Technology Development of Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Dr. Eng, Hotmatua Daulay, M.Eng. Hotmatua who was pleased with PT Harsen Laboratories and UNAIR partnership.

“We, from Kemenristekdikti, is pleased with this kind of activity. Congratulations to UNAIR for making this happen,” said Hotmatua.

Haryoseno as the president director was also proud to be appointed to mass-produce this birth control pill as this product is the first of its kind in the world. It is a breakthrough the world needs to know.

“We know well, the population grows rapidly. It is a breakthrough the world needs to know as men also have a role in Family Planning (KB) program. We hope this project can be soon carried out,” said Haryoseno.

He also hoped that through this contraception pills, Indonesian people’s welfare expected by National Family Planning Coordinating Agency (BKKBN) through Family Planning (KB) program can be realized.

Commercialized Soon

In one and a half year, the product will be ready for the market. First thing required is to get the distribution permit from the Drug and Food Monitoring Agency (BPOM).

“The pill will be marketed to Indonesia and the world. It is the first of its kind, no one has ever developed this before. UNAIR and Indonesia have every reason to be proud of this achievement,” said Haryoseno.

UNAIR Vice Rector I, Junaidi Khotib, Ph.D, said that this research will change the paradigm on birth control pills or Family Planning which was exclusively for women.

“There will be a new paradigm. If women used to be the only subject of birth control pills, now the men are taken into account as well. It will bring a change so the men can perform actively in Family Planning program,” said the Vice Rector overseeing Business Partnership.

The birth control pills created by Professor of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry of Faculty of Pharmacy, Prof. Dr. Bambang Prajogo, M.S., do not have any side effects. After clinical studies, the men will even get  fitness and their stamina will be improved.

Beside the officials of UNAIR and PT Harsen Laboratories, there was a delegation of  National Family Planning Coordinating Agency (BKKBN) attending the agreement establishment. BKKBN will use the products to make Family Planning program a success. (*)

Author: Binti Q. Masruroh

Editor: Defrina Sukma S

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