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First SSRI Prozac celebrates 25th birthday this month

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the antidepressant Prozac (fluoxetine). The drug, the first in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) was launched in January 1988. Since then the drug has enjoyed increasing sales. Prozac was prescribed 3.9 million times in 2011 – a 9.2 percent increase from 2010 sales. Prozac, which is now also available in generic versions, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of adult and pediatric major depression, adult and pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, panic disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). It is also used to ... Read More

Legitimacy of PMDD considered in newest edition of DSM

Currently, doctors and psychiatrists are weighing the legitimacy of a condition known as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) to determine if it deserves a listing in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the American Psychiatric Association’s bible for mental health professionals. A new edition of the DSM has not been issued since 1987, and in it PMDD is not considered an actual disorder but rather a condition in need of “further study.” Granting PMDD its own diagnosis in the DSM will almost certainly guarantee one thing – that drug companies will be clamoring to create a drug to ... Read More

Drug company ‘check lists’ influence patient choice

How ethical is it for pharmaceutical companies to target consumers with advertising for their prescription drugs? Consider this: The United States is one of only four countries that allow direct-to-consumer advertising. (The others are New Zealand, Bangladesh, and South Korea.) What the public is more apt to see or read about a drug is not breaking news or scientific studies, but rather advertiser-crafted sound bites or celebrity endorsements of medications heavily advertised on television and magazines. Rather than relying on the guidance of a health care professional to determine the best drug for a patient, patients now enter doctor’s offices ... Read More

Combined birth control pills provide limited PMS pain improvement

Combined birth control pills can help reduce the pain of menstrual cramps, but not much, according to a Swedish longitudinal study. Combined oral contraceptives contain two hormones – estrogen and progestin. They work by stopping ovulation and by making the lining of the uterus thinner. There are several hormone varieties of combined birth control pills. The study wasn’t limited to a particular formulation; however, some birth control pills are also approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat acne, such as OrthoTri-cylclen, and another, Yaz, has been approved to treat the symptoms of PMDD, a more severe form ... 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

Why would FDA panel not ban Yaz over blood clot risk?

Why did an advisory panel of experts for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) not vote to ban the popular birth control pill Yaz and other pills of its generation containing the hormone drospirenone, instead opting to recommend that the pills carry a stronger warning for life-threatening blood clots? There is no doubt that with all oral contraceptives there is a slight risk for blood clots. Bayer, maker of Yaz and a family of other drospirenone-containing pills such as Yasmin, Beyaz and Safyral, has consistently claimed its pills were no more as dangerous than other birth control pills. However, newer ... Read More

Bayer dismisses new studies showing higher blood clot risk with Yaz, Yasmin

Bayer isn’t backing down. The pharmaceutical giant that is making billions off sales of it’s popular birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin, says two new studies that suggest the company’s oral contraceptives put women at greater risk for blood clots than older generation pills, are flawed. “Given the already large and robust scientific body of evidence, in Bayer’s opinion, these studies do not change the overall assessment about the safety of Bayer’s oral contraceptives,” the company said in a statement. Yaz and Yasmin are considered “fourth generation” birth control pills and use the hormones ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. Bayer heavily ... Read More

Yaz is most popular birth control pill among teenagers

More teenagers are using birth control pills than ever before, and by far the most popular brand they are choosing is Yaz, according to a new study by Thomson Reuters. But some worry that using Bayer Healthcare’s blockbuster oral contraceptive may be putting those young girls at greater risk for serious health problems. The data involved more than 3 million women from 2002 to 2009. The women ranged in age from 13 to 33 with at least six months of enrollment in insurance and prescription drug coverage. The study found that 18 percent of teenage girls ages 13 to 18 ... Read More

Alert your friends to the dangers of Yaz, Yasmin

When Yaz and Yasmin hit the market, they were touted to be different than other birth control pills because they could curb the annoying symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and even clear up unsightly acne. The marketing campaign worked quite well for Bayer HealthCare. The pills became the No. 1 selling oral contraceptives in the United States, with many of its users being young women and teenagers who asked their doctors for the pills by name. But the honeymoon would soon end for Bayer, as reports of potentially fatal side effects from Yaz and Yasmin began to surface. Bayer was ... Read More

Lawsuits continue to mount against makers of Yaz

Just one month after Susan Gallenos began taking the birth control pill Yaz, she nearly lost her life to a stroke. Half her skull was removed to ease the pressure on her swelling brain. She would never be the same again. Her doctors blamed her birth control pill. “My IQ plummeted to 77, borderline mentally retarded,” she told KOCO News. She gradually improved but even now she suffers from chronic pain, has no short-term memory, and cannot drive. She is one of thousands of women across the country who are suing Bayer, the makers of the best-selling birth control pill ... Read More