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Estarylla birth control pills recalled due to packaging flaw

One lot of Estarylla birth control pills made by Sandoz is being recalled because a customer found an inactive tablet in a row of active tablets in one pack. The pill packs include blue tablets, or active pills, that contain a combination of the hormones norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol that work to stop ovulation and thus prevent pregnancy. The green pills, sometimes called placebos or sugar pills, contain only inactive ingredients. Sandoz is not aware of any adverse events associated with the recall. The company conducted an internal medical assessment and concluded that the likelihood of adverse health effects is ... 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

Report: Bayer withheld data on blood clot risk with Yasmin

Bayer didn’t want anyone to find out its top-selling birth control pill Yasmin could be more dangerous than older oral contraceptives, and even went so far as to promote the pill for uses for which it had not been approved, according to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) report unsealed in federal court last week. The claim was made by former FDA commissioner David Kessler, who claimed Bayer did not include an analysis that demonstrated an increase in the U.S. reporting rate for blood clots in a 2004 review of Yasmin’s safety to the federal agency. The report also didn’t ... Read More

Birth control soon to be free to all insured women

Health insurance plans will soon be required to cover birth control at no cost to women, thanks to new requirements ordered by the Obama administration. The new rules are part of a broad spectrum of women’s preventative coverage and include breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual “well woman” physical, counseling on how to avoid sexually transmitted diseases, and other services with no co-pay. Insurance companies can recoup any losses by increasing their premiums. The new benefits won’t go into effect for at least another year. While the new Health and Human Services guidelines will make contraception affordable for all ... Read More

More women choosing IUDs and implants over birth control pills

More women are choosing contraceptives such as IUDs and implants, according to a study published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. Data shows that using these forms of reversible contraception increased from 2.4 percent in 2002 to 5.6 percent from 2006 to 2008. Public health experts say women are wooed by these types of contraception because they are highly effective and they can virtually be forgotten about once inserted. Alternatively, birth control pills, also known to be highly effective, have to be taken daily. Perhaps another attractive feature of IUDs and implants is that they may offer women ... Read More

Ortho Evra birth control patch warning upgraded to a black box warning

A new black box warning has been added to the safety label of Johnson & Johnson’s birth control patch Ortho Evra (norelgestromin/ethinyl estradiol), alerting consumers that women aged 15-44 who use the patch may be at greater risk for life-threatening blood clots compared to women of the same age who take oral contraceptives. The boxed warning also informs users that cigarette smoking while using the patch puts them at greater risk for heart attacks. While the boxed warning regarding cigarette smoking and cardiovascular risk is consistent with the current labeling for other combination hormonal contraceptives, the boxed warning for blood ... Read More

Mini pills may increase chances of developing type 2 diabetes

A new research study suggests that women who take the so-called “mini” birth control pill may be more than three times more likely to become diabetic after pregnancy. The risk is even greater if a woman uses the mini-pill after having gestational diabetes. Mini pills contain just one hormone, progestin, compared to a combination of two hormones, progesterone and estrogen, in traditional birth control pills. The latter variety is far more popular in the United States. Most women who become pregnant are typically tested for gestational diabetes by their obstetricians. It is caused by high blood sugar (glucose) levels. Most ... Read More

Bayer targets Brazil for future sales of birth control pills

Bayer AG has its eyes set on the Latin American country Brazil to win back profits lost from lawsuits and bad press surrounding its blockbuster birth control pill Yaz. The German pharmaceutical company announced this week that it expects to post double-digit annual growth in Brazil through the next four years, from 15 billion in 2008 to a whopping $27 billion by 2015. Chairman Andreas Fibig told reporters at a press conference in Sao Paulo that the company’s strong market position in Brazil, paired with new products that will be introduced to the Latin American market in the months and ... Read More

Deceptive ads lead to two more lawsuits against makers of Yaz

Two more women have filed lawsuits against the makers of Yaz birth control, alleging they were seriously injured after taking the oral contraceptives. They claim had they known the dangers associated with Yaz, they would have never risked their life by taking that type of birth control pill. Amie Nardone and Lauren Powell, both of New Jersey, say Yaz caused them to suffer gallstones and a blood clot, respectively. Yaz is considered a fourth-generation birth control pill and contains a combination of hormones known as ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. Drospirenone also works as a diuretic. Since Bayer Healthcare introduced Yaz ... Read More

NJ woman files lawsuit against makers of Yaz birth control

Carole Ann Grohan says she never knew taking Yaz birth control pills could put her life at risk. Instead, the New Jersey woman bought into the flashy commercials about how the oral contraceptive helped clear complexions and protected women from the nasty side effects of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Carole Ann wasn’t the only woman swayed by the playful advertisements – Yaz soon became the best selling birth control pill in the nation. However, Carole Ann found out the hard way that women like her were being fooled by Bayer Healthcare, the makers of Yaz. She suffered a blood clot in ... Read More