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Group advocates to make birth control pills available OTC

Members of the Oral Contraceptive Over-the-Counter Working Group are advocating to – you guessed it – make birth control pills available for women without a prescription. But it is in the best interest for women when they can carry serious and even life-threatening risks? “Our goal is to evaluate objectively the risks and benefits of demedicalizing contraceptive care, with an eye toward improving access to OCs (oral contraceptives) and potentially other hormonal contraceptive methods by making them available without a prescription,” a statement from the nonprofit advocacy group reads. The group says there is substantial literature available on oral contraceptives ... Read More

Woman worries about long-term effects of Yaz

Dawn Varrechio, a mother of four, was shocked to discover that her breathing problems were due to blood clots in both of her lungs. But she became angry when she found out her birth control pills were the culprit. “It’s scary to think that at 35, you could be gone, like that quickly,” she told CBS3 News. Like many women, Dawn was taking Yaz birth control pills, the most popular oral contraceptive in America. What she didn’t realize is that by taking Yaz she was putting herself at greater risk for life-threatening blood clots. Last year, two studies published in ... Read More

Birth control pills, long plane flights increase risk of blood clots

Irina Shiryaeva was ecstatic when her family won the “green card lottery,” earning them sought-after immigration papers allowing them to leave their hometown in Russia and move to the United States. But her dream was cut short when she died shortly after arriving in the United States. Irina suffered from a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in her lungs. Doctors theorized it was the long, nine-hour plane ride coupled with her recent use of birth control pills. Blood clots are one of the most common causes of death in the United States, second only to cancer. Despite their prevalence, only ... Read More

Yaz, Yasmin can be dangerous to your health

Even before Bayer Healthcare agreed to change the label on its No. 1 selling birth control pills, Yaz and Yasmin, to include an elevated risk of blood clots and other health problems, a citizen’s right advocacy group placed the oral contraceptive on its “Do Not Use” list. The move by Public Citizen was in direct response to the mounting lawsuits filed against the company alleging the pills caused high potassium levels that can cause the heart to slow down and allow life-threatening blood clots to form. Yaz, and Bayer’s equivalent Yasmin, as well as the generic Ocella, are considered fourth-generation ... Read More

Bayer adds new information about blood clot risk to Yaz, Yasmin labels

Bayer HealthCare has added new information on the labels of its blockbuster birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin to warn users that the risk of developing blood clots while taking the pills are similar to the risks with other oral contraceptives. The label change comes on the heels of hundreds of lawsuits filed both in the United States and Canada by women who say they were injured by Yaz or Yasmin but were not adequately warned of the risks associated with taking the pills. Bayer agreed to make the changes to the pills’ labels based on two large, multiyear studies ... Read More

Lawsuits claim Nuvaring is just as dangerous as Ortho Evra patch, Yaz

Another contraceptive for women is finding its way into the courtroom, following in the footsteps of Bayer Healthcare’s Yaz pill and Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho Evra patch. This time Merck & Co. Inc., is facing a slew of lawsuits over the drug company’s Nuvaring. Plaintiffs claim that the “first and only, once-a-month vaginal birth control ring” is more dangerous than older and equally effective products on the market and has caused them to develop life-threatening blood clots. According to the Southeastern Texas Record, three east Texas women filed lawsuits against Merck & Co. Inc., alleging that they relied on misrepresentations ... Read More

Birth control patch caused woman to develop life-threatening blood clots

Alisha Gutcher was just 24 years old when she suffered from chest pains and lightheadedness. “My heart was just freaking out,” she said to the Sault Star. “You could see it jumping in my chest.” When she phoned a friend and complained that she couldn’t breathe, her friend took action, driving her to the emergency room where she was immediately admitted. Doctors told her that blood clots had formed in her lungs (pulmonary embolism) and leg (deep vein thrombosis), and she was on the verge of dying. But what would cause an otherwise healthy young woman to become so seriously ... Read More

Canadian women sue makers of Yasmin over health problems

Canadian Ann Schwoob was just 33 years old when she went to the hospital complaining of chest pains. She was diagnosed with pneumonia, but entered a second hospital days later where she was told she had suffered a pulmonary embolism, or a blood clot blocking the pulmonary artery that leads to the lungs. It could have killed her. But what took Schwoob by surprise was what caused the condition – her birth control pills. Schwoob was one of two million Canadian women in 2009 prescribed Bayer Pharmaceutical’s blockbuster oral contraceptive Yasmin, according to TheSpec.com. Yasmin is also sold under the brand ... Read More

Medical community wants to raise awareness of preventable blood clots

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are growing public health problems that affect an estimated 1 million Americans each year and kill as many as 300,000, according to a special supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM), a publication of the American College of Preventative Medicine (ACPM) and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR). The supplement, Blood Disorders in Public Health – Making the Connection, was released last week in conjunction with the National Conference on Blood Disorders in Public Health in Atlanta, Ga. DVT is a common disorder, but it is highly preventable, ... Read More

Southern Illinois district court to handle Yaz lawsuits

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Washington D.C. has chosen the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois in East St. Louis to handle multidistrict litigation for what could be as many as 25,000 Yaz lawsuits. Chief Judge David Herndon will preside over the pre-trial proceedings, which have been filed by plaintiffs in all parts of the country against Bayer, the manufacturer of the popular oral contraceptive. Yaz incorporates a unique progestin, drospirenone, with ethinyl estradiol, a more common ingredient used in birth control drugs. Many women who have been injured after starting a Yaz regimen allege ... Read More