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Birth control pills recalled due to packaging error

Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. is recalling one lot of its Mibelas 24 Fe chewable birth control pills with iron following a confirmed customer complaint of a packaging error in which the blister was rotated 180 degrees within in the wallet, reversing the weekly tablet orientation and making the lot number and expiration date no longer visible. Pill packs with this error have four non-hormonal placebo tablets for the first four days of therapy instead of the active tablets. Oral contraceptive tablets that are taken out of sequence may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. Since the ... Read More

Study: Birth control pills adversely impact women’s well-being

Birth control pills may adversely affect a woman’s wellbeing, according to new research published in the journal Fertility and Sterility. An estimated 100 million women worldwide use birth control pills, yet “we know surprisingly little today abut the pill’s effect on women’s health,” said Angelica Hirschberg, who led the team of researchers wit the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and the Stockholm School of Economics. Hirschberg and team observed 340 healthy women aged 18 to 35 over a three-month period. The participants were randomly prescribed either a combined oral contraceptive pill containing progestin and estrogen, or a placebo. The birth control ... Read More

Recent use of high-dose estrogen birth control pills linked to increased risk of breast cancer

Women who recently took a certain formulation of birth control pills may have an increased risk of breast cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Cancer Research. Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington in Seattle reviewed health records for oral contraceptive usage among more than 1,100 women with beast cancer, most of whom were diagnosed with the disease in their 40s. Researchers divided the birth control pills into three categories – those with a low level of synthetic estrogen (about 20 micrograms of ethinyl estradiol), those with a moderate level of ... Read More

Hormonal contraceptives may increase risk of gestational diabetes

Women who use contraceptives that contain hormones before they become pregnant may be at greater risk for developing gestational diabetes once they do get pregnant, according to a new study. Researchers are quick to say more study is needed to confirm hormonal birth control products are a potential risk factor for gestational diabetes. But the study does raise questions about the safety of contraceptive hormone therapy. Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that occurs in pregnant women who have not been previously diagnosed with the disease. It is generally diagnosed in the second trimester and often controlled with a healthy diet ... Read More

Implantable birth control microchip to enter pre-clinical trials next year

A new implantable birth control device containing the hormone levonorgestral that lasts 16 years and can be turned off and on with a wireless remote is currently in development and will enter pre-clinical testing next year. The chip is designed to be implanted under the skin at the buttocks, upper arm, or abdomen, and if tests prove it to be safe and effective, the device could be on the market as early as 2018. The concept of a birth control chip originated two years ago when Bill Gates and his colleagues visited Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and asked technicians ... Read More

Birth control pills may help protect athletic women from lingering effects of head injury

Women who suffer head injuries within the two weeks before their period have a slower recovery time and poorer health up to one month after their injury, according to a new study, prompting researchers to suggest that women who participate in sports that put them at risk for head injuries may benefit from taking birth control pills. Previous studies have suggested that women who experience head trauma have greater cognitive decline, slower reaction time, more headaches, longer periods of depression, longer hospital stays and longer delays before returning to work, compared to men who suffer head injuries. The outcomes are even ... Read More

Prolonged use of birth control pills linked to glaucoma

Women who use birth control pills for more than three years are twice as likely to suffer from glaucoma, an eye condition that can lead to blindness, a new study has shown. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness, which occurs when the optic nerve is damaged. Previous studies have shown that low estrogen levels in postmenopausal women can contribute to the development of glaucoma. While it is unclear why this is the case, researchers have speculated that since years of birth control use can also lower estrogen levels, perhaps it could also damage the eyes. For the study, researchers from ... Read More

Estarylla birth control pills recalled due to packaging flaw

One lot of Estarylla birth control pills made by Sandoz is being recalled because a customer found an inactive tablet in a row of active tablets in one pack. The pill packs include blue tablets, or active pills, that contain a combination of the hormones norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol that work to stop ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy. The green pills, sometimes called placebos or sugar pills, contain only inactive ingredients. Sandoz is not aware of any adverse events associated with the recall. The company conducted an internal medical assessment and concluded that the likelihood of adverse health effects is ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson recalls 32 million packs of birth control pills

Johnson & Johnson has issued another massive recall, this time on 32 million packages of birth control pills because of a flaw that could cause unplanned pregnancies. The oral contraceptives are sold in 43 countries around the world, but not in the United States. This recall is one of about 40 the consumer health product giant has issued on everything from over-the-counter medications to artificial hips since 2009. The recall was initiated because quality tests performed on the drugs showed one of the two hormones in the pills was releasing slower than it should. The company said the risk of ... Read More

Affordable Healthcare Act may make more women choose IUDs over pills

Changes in health care laws may help make intrauterine devices (IUDs) more affordable for women, and could boost sales of the devices in the United States. There are three types of IUDs sold in the U.S., including Bayer’s Mirena, which was introduced 12 years ago. IUDs have steep upfront costs ranging from $400 to $1,000, which have made lesser expensive birth control pills a much more attractive option. However, under the Affordable Healthcare Act, new health plans or those that lose their grandfathered status now must provide many preventative services – including birth control – without patients having to dig ... Read More