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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

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

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

New birth control pill contains folic acid, but is the B vitamin ‘all that’?

When the Food and Drug Administration approved for marketing a version of Bayer’s Yaz birth control pill fortified with folic acid, known as Beyaz, the public took notice. Why pack a vitamin shown to reduce birth defects of the brain and spine in a pill that prevents pregnancies? The answer was that while the pill has a 99.9 percent effective rate, not all women take the pill perfectly. But folic acid also offered other benefits, some experts claimed. Since folic acid lowers blood levels of the protein homocystine, which is linked to heart and blood vessel disease and other medical ... 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

Bayer launches new birth control pill fortified with folic acid

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new oral contraceptive from Bayer, makers of the blockbuster birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin. Called Beyaz, the new pill contains the same estrogen-progestin combination and the diuretic drospirenone as Yaz, plus another ingredient – .451 mg of levomefolate calcium. Levomefolate calcium is a folic acid, the B vitamin recommended for all women of childbearing age because low folate levels are associated with neural tube defects such as spina bifida. Like Yaz, Beyaz is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy but can also be used to treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric ... Read More

Yaz blood clot victim hopes to warn others

When Mollie, a 31-year-old marathon runner, was diagnosed with bilateral pulmonary embolism, doctors immediately said it was because she was taking Yaz birth control pills. “While I was in the hospital my doctor told me he had 12 other girls – all under 35, non-smokers, active (not overweight), all on Yaz – who were admitted within the same week for clots in their lungs,” Mollie wrote on an eHealth forum. “Twelve girls in one week! At one hospital! I am shocked and don’t understand how this drug can still be on the market.” It’s the same question thousands of woman ... 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

Should you really trust Bayer for contraception advice?

You could call it a public relations maneuver — Bayer Healthcare’s new website encouraging women to come to them with questions and advice about contraception instead of relying on biased bloggers or the Internet. The unbranded video features blindfolded women handling a rhino and trying to guess what it is. Awkward? Maybe. At the very least, BayerforWomen.com has captured the attention of Medical Marketing & Media. But, what makes Bayer a reliable source for women? Sure, the pharmaceutical company sells the top selling birth control pills in the nation – Yaz and Yasmin. The pills have earned the company a ... Read More