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Oregon to offer birth control pills without prescription

Women in Oregon will now be able to get birth control pills without a prescription, thanks to a groundbreaking state law that will take effect later this year. Women who wish to obtain birth control without a doctor’s orders will be required to fill out a health questionnaire that would be examined by pharmacists who will determine whether the women should receive the pills. Pharmacists must first undergo specific training before they will be allowed to give birth control pills to women without prescriptions. Lawmakers have argued that requiring women to see a doctor in order to get a prescription ... Read More

Bayer pays $57 million to settle Yaz blood clot lawsuits

Bayer Corp. says it will pay about $57 million to resolve about 1,200 federal and state lawsuits claiming its birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella caused blood clots that led to heart attacks and strokes. The agreement would resolve lawsuits pending in a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Illinois federal court as well as claims filed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California. Bayer has already paid about $2 billion to settle lawsuits alleging its contraceptives caused blood clots resulting in pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis. The latest settlement involves claims of more serious Yaz side effects from blood clots, including heart attacks and strokes. ... Read More

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

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

Women should be aware of blood clot risk with birth control pills, patches

The recent recommendations from a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee about safety concerns with contraceptives may make women more leery when deciding which birth control is best for them. But even for women who are currently on birth control, understanding the risks is vital. Late last year, FDA advisory committees reviewed studies which suggested that birth control pills containing the hormone drospirenone put women at greater risk for blood clots than pills made with older-generation hormones. Blood clots are serious health problems because they can break loose and travel to the heart, lungs or brain causing serious complications ... Read More

Birth control called ‘secondary cause of death’ in young woman taking Yaz

It was mere hours after Rebecca Bapp called her parents to say that she wasn’t feeling well that the 21-year-old was dead. Mysteriously, her health declined so rapidly even doctors were baffled by what was making her so ill. Not long after her parents rushed her to the hospital, she was placed on a breathing machine and sedated. She coded three times before she gave up her fight for life. Confused by her daughter’s sudden illness, Rebecca’s parents ordered an autopsy. The primary cause of death was a blood clot in her heart. “The secondary cause of death was her ... Read More

Male birth control drugs may soon reach U.S. market

The birth control pill for women has been around for more than 50 years, and during that time, no one has tackled a similar contraceptive for men, until now. Researchers have developed a contraceptive for men that can be taken orally, injected or applied topically. The medication releases small amounts of testosterone into the bloodstream to stop the production of sperm. Men will still be able to ejaculate but their ability to impregnate a woman would be compromised as long as they are on the medication. While the drug has yet to be approved for use in the United States, ... Read More

Generic versions of Yaz, Yasmin just as dangerous as brand name pills

Pharmaceutical manufacturer Bayer is facing thousands of lawsuits questioning the safety of its birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. The pills, which contain a combination of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, have been found in studies to put women at greater risk for life threatening blood clots than oral contraceptives with other types of hormones. Both Yaz and Yasmin have generic equivalents, which leaves some women questioning whether generic brands are safer than the brand name drugs. Generic drugs are what the Food and Drug Administration calls “copies of brand name drugs that have exactly the same dose, intended use, side ... Read More

Family of deceased 15-year-old girl files Yasmin lawsuit

The family of a 15-year-old North Carolina girl who was taking the birth control pill Yasmin to treat her acne and then died of a pulmonary embolism, are suing the drug’s maker Bayer, claiming the company did not adequately warn users of the potentially deadly health risks associated with its oral contraceptive. The girl was prescribed Yasmin, manufactured by Bayer,  when she was 13 by her dermatologist to help clear up her acne. Her prescription was later changed to the generic Ocella, also manufactured by Bayer but marketed by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Yasmin and Ocella are part of a family of ... Read More

Health Canada reviewing data linking Yaz to greater risk of blood clots

Health Canada, Canada’s regulator of drugs, is conducting a safety review of the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin to determine if the pills put women at greater risk for blood clots than other oral contraceptives. All birth control pills carry a slight risk for blood clots, but critics have long argued that Yaz and Yasmin put women at even greater risk. Both Yaz and Yasmin are made by Bayer Healthcare and contain the hormone drospirenone. Health Canada’s announcement comes just days after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it was keeping a watchful eye on two recent ... Read More