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Updated blood clot warning added to Ortho-Cept birth control pills

The birth control pill Ortho-Cept has updated its safety label to include new warnings regarding blood clots in the veins and other vascular problems. Ortho-Cept is an oral hormonal contraceptive that combines the progestin desogestrel and the estrogen ethyl estradiol. It is common knowledge that birth control pills can increase the risk for blood clots. The new warnings added to Ortho-Cept state that the risk of suffering a blood clot condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) while taking the pills is highest in the first year of use and when restarting hormonal contraception after a break of four weeks or ... Read More

Bayer’s profits take a hit due to Yaz lawsuits

Lawsuits against the birth control pill Yaz took a huge bite out of Bayer’s fourth quarter profits. The company reported net profits of $490 million, a far cry from the $519 million it brought in last year. The company cited charges due to Yaz lawsuits in the United States as the culprit for lagging profits. The lawsuits claim that Yaz causes blood clots that can lead to sometimes fatal heart attacks, strokes and pulmonary embolisms. Yaz is Bayer’s once mega-popular birth control pill. It contains the hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. While all combination oral contraceptives can increase a woman’s ... Read More

Bayer introduces new hormone-releasing IUD Skyla

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new contraceptive device  made by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. Skyla, an intrauterine device (IUD) that releases the hormone levonorgestrel, is placed in the uterus to prevent pregnancy for up to three years. Skyla was found to be more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and is an attractive contraception alternative to the birth control pill, which must be taken daily. The device is a small, flexible plastic T-shaped device containing 13.5 mg of the progestin hormone levonorgestrel. Because Skyla slowly releases levonorgestrel into the uterus, only small amounts of the hormone ... Read More

Blood clots linked to contraceptive patches, rings

Lawsuits and bad press over Yaz birth control pills have brought attention to the dangerous risk of blood clots with oral contraceptives. But a new Danish study suggests that non-oral forms of hormonal contraceptives may be just as, if not more, dangerous. Contraceptives that use hormones, including pills, patches and rings, often carry some risk for blood clots. Blood clots are serious health issues. If they break free and travel to the heart, lungs or brain, they can trigger heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, or strokes, all of which can be deadly. Yaz made news in recent years because studies showed drospirenone, ... Read More

Bayer shells out millions to settle more Yaz lawsuits

Bayer, maker of the blockbuster birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, will pay at least $120 million to settle about 500 lawsuits claiming that the pills caused dangerous and sometimes deadly blood clots. The settlement is the first wave of resolutions expected from Bayer over its oral contraceptives. Bayer officials said the company agreed to pay an average of about $220,000 per case to resolve the lawsuits. The case was the first set for trial of more than 11,000 lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by the drugs. The settlement comes just days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered ... Read More

FDA puts stronger blood clot warnings on Yaz, Yasmin birth control pills

Yaz and other newer birth control pills that contain the hormone drospirenone will get stronger warnings on their labels warning users that the drugs may be more likely than older oral contraceptives to cause blood clots, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. The new labeling will apply to Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, and Safyral, which are all made by Bayer. The pills are among the top selling oral contraceptives in the United States. They were marketed not only as a drug to prevent pregnancy, but also as a medication to help clear up acne and ease symptoms of premenstrual disorders. ... Read More

Generic Yaz will include same blood clot warnings

Watson Pharmaceuticals has launched Vestura, a generic version of Bayer’s blockbuster birth control pill Yaz. Like their brand-name counterpart, these pills will also carry a safety announcement on their packaging, warning users that studies suggest the drospirenone-containing pills may put users at greater risk for developing life threatening blood clots. Yaz, as well as the brands Yasmin, Beyaz, Safyral, and other generic varieties, combine the hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. Yaz and its generic versions had sales of about $510 million last year alone. Watson hopes to take a bite out of those profits. However, just as Watson was vying ... Read More

FDA panel member ‘well utilized’ by Yaz maker

A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel member who voted to keep the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin on the market despite studies that showed the pills put women at greater risk for deadly blood clots was praised by the drugs’ maker Bayer in a 2008 report saying, “She will be well utilized.” The adviser, Paula Hillard, M.D., with Stanford’s School of Medicine, is listed on the medical school’s website as a paid consultant receiving $5,000 or more annually from a division of Bayer. Hillard’s apparent conflict of interest on the federal agency panel was noted by former FDA ... Read More

Watchdog group pushes FDA panel to revote on Yaz safety

A consumer watchdog group is calling for a revote by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel, after discovering that some members of the panel had ties to drug companies that made the pills under review. The FDA panel was charged with reviewing studies that showed a newer generation of birth control pills containing the hormone drospirenone put women at greater risk for life threatening blood clots than other oral contraceptives with other hormones. Drospirenone-containing pills include Yaz and Yasmin, made by Bayer. The drug company also sells versions of the pills containing folic acid under the brand names ... Read More

Women should be aware of blood clot risk with birth control pills, patches

The recent recommendations from a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee about safety concerns with contraceptives may make women more leery when deciding which birth control is best for them. But even for women who are currently on birth control, understanding the risks is vital. Late last year, FDA advisory committees reviewed studies which suggested that birth control pills containing the hormone drospirenone put women at greater risk for blood clots than pills made with older-generation hormones. Blood clots are serious health problems because they can break loose and travel to the heart, lungs or brain causing serious complications ... Read More