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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

French, Canadian drug regulators question deaths tied to acne pill

French drug regulators are suspending the sale of Bayer Healthcare’s acne pill Diane 35 (sold in some countries as Dianette) after four deaths in the past 25 years were linked to the hormone pill. France’s ANSM said the deaths were due to blood clots, and that the agency was also concerned about three deaths from other health issues in women who were using Diane 35. Canadian officials are also investigating 11 deaths that may be linked to Diane 35, including four teenagers. Diane 35 is designed to treat acne in women; however, some doctors prescribe the pill as birth control. ... 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

Bayer settles a small fraction of Yaz, Yasmin lawsuits

Bayer has agreed to settle about 70 of the approximately 11,300 lawsuits against the drug giant involving its blockbuster birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, according to the company’s 2011 annual report. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but Bayer reportedly said the conditions were reasonable. The lawsuits were filed on behalf of plaintiffs who allege that using the oral contraceptives, as well as their generic equivalents Ocella and Gianvi, caused them or a loved one serious injury or death. The birth control pills contain the hormone drospirenone which recent studies have found put women at greater risk ... Read More

Panel members had financial ties to Yaz maker

Why are the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin still on the market when studies show they are more dangerous than other oral contraceptives? Consumer watchdog group Project on Government Oversight, or POGO, claims the government’s expert panel charged with reviewing safety data on the top selling birth control pills was compromised because four members had financial ties to Bayer, the pharmaceutical company that makes the pills. The situation was a long time coming. Just as Bayer was enjoying large profits from its newer generation birth control pills and actively working to push back generic competition while formulating new folic ... 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

Long flights, birth control pills increase blood clot risk

Flying coach instead of first-class does not increase your chances of developing blood clots, according to new guidelines from the American College of Chest Physicians. But flying with risk factors may increase your chance of getting the potentially deadly condition. People who fly are warned that sitting in one place for too long without walking around and stretching their legs can make them more susceptible to blood clots, a situation that has been nicknamed “economy class syndrome.” The idea is that roomier first-class seats offer more space for frequent movement and are safer, but the new guidelines put that myth to ... Read More