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Bayer pockets billions from dangerous birth control pill Yaz

Bayer HealthCare is facing numerous lawsuits from women and their family members who say they were seriously injured or killed after taking the drug company’s blockbuster birth control pill, Yaz. Yet, Yaz remains the company’s top-selling pharmaceutical, generating a whopping $1.3 billion in the first three quarters of 2009, according to Medical Marketing & Media. Yaz, also known by the brand name Yasmin and the generic brand Ocella, is a different type of oral contraceptive that combines ethinyl estradiol with the diuretic drospirenone. Some health professionals say that the addition of drospirenone in birth control raised the potassium level in ... Read More

Indiana women sue makers of Yaz after suffering serious side effects

More than 50 women in Indiana are suing Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc., the makers of Yaz, Yasmin and its generic brand Ocella, claiming the birth control pills caused them heart attacks and strokes. The women are among hundreds across the country who say they were not appropriately warned of the risk of serious adverse events associated with the drugs. Even the commercials for Yaz point out that it is a different type of birth control pill, specially designed to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of PMS, as well as moderate acne. Yaz is the only birth control ... Read More

Revised boxed warning placed on blood thinners

A group of blood thinners used to reduce the risk of deep vein blood clots in patients has updated their products’ safety labeling and revised the boxed warning to include a risk of epidural or spinal hemotomas in some patients, according to an announcement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA places boxed warnings, also known as black box warnings, on drugs that, based on medical studies, carry a significant risk of serious adverse side effects or death. The blood thinners included in this announcement include Arixtra (fondaparinux sodium) Solution for subcutaneous injection; Fragmin (dalteparin sodium injection) for ... Read More

CDC drops Gardasil from list of must-have vaccines for immigants

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently rescinded its controversial and, some argued, discriminatory requirement that all girls and women ages 11 to 26 immigrating to the United States receive at least one injection of Gardasil, Merck’s human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The directive went into effect in July of last year, mandating Gardasil shots for immigrant females despite mounting evidence that the shots could cause serious injury and death. The shots were also required of females who posed no risk of contracting or spreading HPV to the wider population. In determining which vaccines immigrants are required to have, the ... Read More

Despite risks and expense, FDA approves Gardasil for boys

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which informs the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on vaccine use and policy, declined to advocate for Gardasil’s systematic and widespread use in boys and men. The human papilloma virus, or HPV, does not present the same risks of cancer in males as it does in females, but it can lead to the development genital warts. Although the committee did not press for the use of Gardasil in men, it did advise U.S. doctors to use the vaccine at their discretion. It also recommended that the shot be included in the federally funded Vaccines ... Read More

Mother of Ortho Evra user asks why her daughter had to die

Leslie Niedner can’t make sense of the death of her 17-year-old daughter Adrianna. She was a healthy and active college freshman. It was later revealed that what killed her was a blood clot in her lung, also known as a pulmonary embolism. But how could such a condition happen to someone so young and healthy? Leslie cannot remember who first raised the question of whether Adrianna was on the birth control patch. But the suggestion sent her searching the Internet for answers. She quickly found dozens of other stories like Adrianna’s – of healthy young women on the Ortho Evra ... Read More

Yaz lawsuits consolidated in Pennsylvania

Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits filed against Bayer Healthcare in Pennsylvania state courts were consolidated into a mass tort last week by Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge Sandra Mazer Moss, who appointed 3 Pennsylvania attorneys to serve as liaison counsel for the plaintiffs. All of the lawsuits allege that Yaz and Yasmin caused adverse events attributable to the ingredient drospirenone (DRSP), which has been linked to blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, gall bladder disease, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and other serious reactions, including sudden death. The suits assert that Bayer knew about the risks but failed to disclose them ... Read More

New warnings, adverse reactions added to Ortho Evra

The Ortho Evra birth control patch has updated the CONTRAINDICTATIONS, WARNINGS and ADVERSE REACTIONS sections on its label and packaging, according to the Food and Drug Administration’s MedWatch July 2009 Drug Safety Labeling Changes posting. Ortho Evra was one of 38 drugs listed in the report. Johnson & Johnson, which makes the Ortho Evra (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol) Transdermal System, has been the focus of hundreds of lawsuits filed over the past two years by women who suffered blood clots and other serious side effects from heightened estrogen levels caused by the birth control patches. Some reports include fatalities. J&J has already ... Read More

FDA approval for marketing generic Lovenox expected

The expiration of exclusivity period for Sanofi Aventis’ blood thinner Lovenox has expired, moving Momenta Pharmaceutical Inc. one step closer to gaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to manufacture and market is generic Lovenox, M-Enoxaparin, according to Momenta’s first quarter 2009 Earnings Call. Anticoagulants are often administered to patients before undergoing some surgeries and medical procedures to reduce the risk of life-threatening blood clots. Lovenox has been touted as an effective replacement for the blood thinner heparin in patients undergoing abdominal surgery. Heparin carries a laundry list of side effects such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea ... Read More

Consumers should use caution with B-12 vitamin patch

A patch-delivery system is now available to consumers who want or need more of the vitamin B-12, an essential vitamin that plays a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system and for the formation of blood. B-12 is naturally found in meat, shellfish, milk, eggs and fortified cereals, but many people’s digestive systems do not absorb enough B-12, which can lead to vitamin B-12 deficiency. A B-12 deficiency can contribute to anemia, which can leave you feeling weak, lightheaded, depressed and tired. The B-12 patchs, made by global nutraceticals company VitaSciences, are sold as an alternative ... Read More