Q         A client received a partial Depo 150 mg IM due to operator error.  We figure that she received about ½ -2/3 of the dose.  The client uses it primarily to control her periods.

We contracted the manufacturer.  They recommended that she se a BUM for the full 13 weeks.  They said that she could receive another full dose as soon as 6 weeks from now.

What would you recommend?

A:        You are in a data-free zone!

I would suggest that about 6 weeks after her shot your patient return and get a second shot, using condoms every single time she has sex until several days after that second shot.

Robert A. Hatcher MD, MPH

Emeritus Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics

Emory University School of Medicine

Atlanta, GA

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