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Bayer launches new birth control pill amid a flurry of Yaz lawsuits

It wasn’t enough that Bayer Healthcare overwhelmed the oral contraceptive market with its No. 1 selling, $800 million-earning Yaz birth control pill. The powerful drug company is at it again, this time introducing a new oral contraceptive, Natazia. Bayer cleverly launched Yaz in 2006, promising that the new formulation birth control pill – a combination of ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone – not only prevented pregnancy but also helped treat premenstrual symptoms and acne. Women began to ask their doctors for the pill by name, skyrocketing sales. Soon after, a review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found the ads ... Read More

Trellis device offers safer and more effective treatment for blood clots

Rose Kirby, 22, was vacuuming out her car when she felt a strange discomfort in her arm. Within an hour it turned into “a pink balloon,” she said. She passed it off as a bug bite or some sort of allergic reaction, but her parents were skeptical. “I was really lucky that my parents made me go to the doctor that day,” she said. What doctors discovered on Rose’s arm was a 10-inch blood clot that stretched from the base of her upper arm to her chest. They say it was caused by Rose’s birth control pills. Large clots like ... Read More

Understanding causes of SJS can help reduce number of reactions

More than 2,000 drugs, including penicillin, antibiotics, some epilepsy drugs and anti-inflammatory drugs including popular OTC brands Advil, Aleve and Motrin, have been linked to a rare but life threatening allergic reaction to medicine known as Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS). When people first present symptoms of the condition, they are most often misdiagnosed until the patient’s health worsens. Though rare, some cases can be fatal. Which is why it is important to understand SJS and recognize its symptoms so that medical attention can be sought early. SJS usually begins with a fever, sore throat and fatigue. As the condition progresses, ... Read More