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FDA approves Bayer’s Kyleena IUD

Pharmaceutical company Bayer may be embroiled in lawsuits over its permanent birth control device Essure, but that isn’t keeping the company from pushing yet another contraceptive device. The company announced that it has just won Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Kyleena, an intrauterine device, or IUD, designed to prevent pregnancy in women for up to five years. The device is similar to Bayer’s currently marketed IUDs, including Mirena and Skyla. All three are T-shaped devices that release a small amount of the hormone levonorgestrel. Actavis Plc, now known as Allergan Plc., won approval for the hormonal IUD Liletta ... Read More

Bayer faces thousands of lawsuits over its contraceptives

Pharmaceutical company Bayer has made millions providing women with birth control options. But those profits have come at a price to consumers. Bayer faces thousands of lawsuits from women who claim they have been injured by its contraceptives. Yaz and Yasmin – These popular birth control pills contain the hormones ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. Yaz was first approved as a contraceptive in 2006 and, later, as a treatment for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and acne. Not long after the drug hit the market, Yaz was linked to reports of blood clots, often leading to serious injuries including pulmonary embolism (blood clot ... Read More

Updated blood clot warning added to Ortho-Cept birth control pills

The birth control pill Ortho-Cept has updated its safety label to include new warnings regarding blood clots in the veins and other vascular problems. Ortho-Cept is an oral hormonal contraceptive that combines the progestin desogestrel and the estrogen ethyl estradiol. It is common knowledge that birth control pills can increase the risk for blood clots. The new warnings added to Ortho-Cept state that the risk of suffering a blood clot condition known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) while taking the pills is highest in the first year of use and when restarting hormonal contraception after a break of four weeks or ... Read More

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

Another Bayer contraceptive comes under scrutiny

Another Bayer contraceptive may be injuring women. On Thursday, several women gave emotional testimonies to a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel urging them to pull a permanent birth control implant off the market because they say it causes chronic pain and other injuries. The Essure implant, made by Bayer, is the only non-surgical FDA-approved permanent birth control device on the market. It is comprised of two small, metal coils, one of which is inserted into each of the fallopian tubes. They are designed to encourage the growth of scar tissue, which blocks the sperm from reaching the egg. About 750,000 women have ... 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

Federal judge sets trial date for Yaz personal injury lawsuit

An Illinois federal judge has set a June trial date for a lawsuit in a multidistrict litigation involving stroke risks with Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals’ birth control pill Yaz, saying Bayer’s feet-dragging strategy in the litigation over the past six years appeared to be an attempt to shrink the number of lawsuits in the MDL through attrition. U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon said the drug company’s strategy in the Yaz personal injury lawsuit amounted to “wearing everyone down over time,” and to expedite the process, selected plaintiff Pamel Schuchert’s case to be tried. Schuchert, who joined the litigation in 2010, ... Read More

$100 million offered to plaintiffs in NuvaRing blood clot lawsuits

Merck & Co. has agreed to pay $100 million to settle thousands lawsuits alleging the company’s contraceptive device NuvaRing caused life-threatening blood clots. The only caveat is that at least 95 percent of the eligible complainants must opt into the agreement otherwise no payouts will be made, a federal judge ruled. The deadline is March 10. U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel called the settlement “a fair resolution of this litigation.” There are about 3,800 eligible participants in the settlement agreement, which includes more than 1,850 state and federal lawsuits as well as claims that have yet to be filed. NuvaRing is ... 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

French, Canadian drug regulators question deaths tied to acne pill

French drug regulators are suspending the sale of Bayer Healthcare’s acne pill Diane 35 (sold in some countries as Dianette) after four deaths in the past 25 years were linked to the hormone pill. France’s ANSM said the deaths were due to blood clots, and that the agency was also concerned about three deaths from other health issues in women who were using Diane 35. Canadian officials are also investigating 11 deaths that may be linked to Diane 35, including four teenagers. Diane 35 is designed to treat acne in women; however, some doctors prescribe the pill as birth control. ... Read More