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IBS-D drug Viberzi linked to cases of serious pancreatitis, death

More than 100 people, most of whom did not have a gallbladder, who were treated with Viberzi, the new drug to treat irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D), developed serious pancreatitis, 76 of whom were hospitalized and two of whom died, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, the agency is advising doctors not to prescribe Viberzi to patients who do not have a gallbladder. Pancreatitis is a painful inflammation of the pancreas. People who suffer from this condition may be at increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. “Pancreatitis may be caused by spasm of a ... 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

Woman blames gallbladder problems on Yaz, Yasmin

Lana Speck didn’t know what had come over her when she began experiencing severe stomach pains in early 2006. Her doctor ordered a cholecystectomy, or the surgical removal of her gallbladder. But she continued to be plagued with even more problems, such as constant severe chest and upper abdominal pain. She also battled extreme diarrhea and indigestion. Two years later her doctor made a connection. Lana had been taking Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills for seven years, since 2001. The pills have been linked to gallbladder damage, yet Lana says she was never warned of those risks by the ... Read More

Yaz likely cause of girl’s damaged gallbladder

When Katie Ketner was 15, she met with a gynecologist about birth control. The doctor told Katie that Yaz “helped people regulate their menstruation, helped people control their acne, and things like that,” Katie remembers. The ads for Yaz were everywhere then, colorful commercials with smiling women praising the pill that not only prevented pregnancy, but also squashed irritability and moodiness associated with premenstrual syndrome as well as cleared up bothersome acne. It was an easy sale for Katie. For the next three years, Katie took Yaz, but by the time she was ready to enter college, something changed. She ... Read More

Bayer continues to fight generic competition of its birth control pills

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may have granted permission to drug companies to market generic versions of Bayer’s blockbuster birth control pills Yasmin and Yaz, but Bayer is not giving up its fight to prevent other companies from taking a bite out its profits. The German drug company said Wednesday it will continue trying to protects its patents on its pills despite a New York judge’s dismissal of Bayer’s latest patent infringement lawsuit late Tuesday against Watson Pharmaceuticals and Sandoz. Yasmin and Yaz generate nearly $2 billion each year for Bayer, making the oral contraceptives the largest source of ... Read More

CFO blames Yaz for her life-threatening blood clots

You’d be hard pressed not to call Gina Miller healthy. The chief financial officers of an Indianapolis company and mother of three young children still made time to run up to 35 miles a week. But her active lifestyle came to an abrupt stop shortly after she began taking the birth control pill Yaz. “My first symptoms were that my back was hurting,” Gina told WISH-TV. Her doctor diagnosed her with pneumonia. After treatment, she started running again, but she just couldn’t seem to get her stride back. “I was fatigued and short of breath,” she said. “I just didn’t ... Read More

Lawsuits against Yaz, Yasmin double to 2,000

The number of lawsuits filed in federal district court against Bayer and its blockbuster birth control pill Yaz has doubled to 2,000, and that doesn’t include the hundreds more that have been filed in state courts, according to the Madison Record. The lawsuits allege that Bayer did not adequately warn women that by taking Yaz, as well as Bayer’s similar birth control pill Yasmin, they were at greater risk for serious side effects including blood clots, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attack and even gallbladder problems. Despite a court order for the pharmaceutical company to hand over some ... Read More

Should you use the pill to treat acne?

Any kind of hormonal change can elicit a flare of acne, from going on or off birth control, having a baby, or entering perimenopause or menopause. There are a variety of topical and oral acne treatments, including some birth control pills. But before you turn to hormonal therapy to treat those annoying breakouts, you should consider the risks, says Dr. Diane Berson, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York. Acne spurred by hormone changes usually occurs the week before the period and often springs up on the chin. “In that situation, you might prescribe ... Read More

Bad press catches up with top selling Yaz, Yasmin

The bad press surrounding Yaz birth control pills is beginning to catch up with the nation’s top selling oral contraceptive. It’s two-year-old television advertisement on YouTube featuring smiling women and floating balloons with the words “irritability’ and “moodiness” printed on them has more than 50,000 views, but the comments from viewers are less than flattering. “I used to take Yaz until it mess up my gallbladder and I had to get surgery to have it removed. Thank you, Yaz!” “I have heard bad things about this brand of contraception so I will not use it.” “Don’t take Yaz. *personal experience*” ... Read More

Woman blames Yaz for gallbladder damage, severe depression

A Virginia woman has filed a lawsuit against the makers of Yaz birth control pill, claiming the oral contraceptive damaged her gallbladder and drove her to attempt suicide. Megan M. Stewart, 21, filed the 11-count complaint against Bayer Corporation last month, adding to the more than 1,000 lawsuits filed against the pharmaceutical company by women who allege they were not adequately warned of the risks involved with taking Yaz, also known as Yasmin and Ocella. Stewart was prescribed Yaz by her gynecologist in September 2007 to treat cramps associated with her period. Yaz is marketed as a contraceptive that also ... Read More