Bimizza® – A low cost1-3, bioequivalent alternative to Mercilon®4

  • Bimizza® is a monophasic combined oral contraceptive pill which contains 150mcg desogestrel and 20mcg ethinylestradiol3
  • Bimizza® contains the same active ingredients and is bioequivalent to Mercilon®, therefore, following appropriate patient assessment and review, it may be prescribed in place of Mercilon®3–5
  • Each pack of Bimizza® contains 3 x blister strips of 21 tablets for 3 cycles of contraceptive cover6

Please refer to the full Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC) before prescribing.

Summary of Product Characteristics and Patient Information Leaflet
Summary of Product Characteristics:
https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/9567/smpc

Patient Information Leaflet:
https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/9567/pil

Additional Prescriber Resources
Whether your patient is starting the pill for the first time, or you are talking to her about changing from her current brand of contraceptive to Bimizza®, it can be useful to have information and materials to hand to counsel patients. The following assets can be downloaded/edited at your discretion for use during a consultation:

The full NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary for contraceptive prescribing for combined oral contraceptives, including UK Medical Eligibility Criteria may be found here.

 
References

  1. Data on File: Contraceptives Cost Saving Data. Feb 2019;
  2. MIMS. Mercilon (Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd). Available at: https://www.mims.co.uk/drugs/contraception/combined-contraceptives/mercilon (accessed July 2020);
  3. Morningside Healthcare Ltd. Bimizza® PI. May 2020. BIM/PI/27333-0520;
  4. MHRA. UK PAR Bimizza 150 microgram/20 microgram tablets. February 2015. Available at: https://mhraproductsproduction.blob.core.windows.net/docs/33446c8282edba466bfd797be04735e72eb54bca (accessed July 2020);
  5. Merck Sharp & Dohme Ltd. Mercilon Tablets. Summary of Product Characteristics. December 2018. Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/1360/smpc (accessed July 2020);
  6. MIMS. Bimizza. Available at: https://www.mims.co.uk/drugs/contraception/combined-contraceptives/bimizza (accessed July 2020).

Mercilon® chosen as a comparator as it is the license reference product for Bimizza®.4