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Birth Control Pills Under New Scrutiny from FDA

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

In the wake of recent research showing elevated risk of blood clots and strokes for women who use new brands of birth control pills, the Food and Drug Administration is considering new safety measures for those products.  The Associated Press reports:

Regulators could order new warning labels on several contraceptives that gained popularity in the last decade, including Bayer’s pill Yaz, which was the best-selling birth control pill in the U.S. for 2008 and 2009.

Yaz, its Bayer precursor Yasmin, and similar drugs use a version of a female hormone that appears to reduce side effects found in older drugs, including bloating and mood swings.

On Tuesday, a judge unsealed several court documents suggesting Bayer may have withheld data from FDA about the blood clots risks of its drugs. The documents stem from expert opinion gathered by personal injury lawyers suing Bayer on behalf of patients.

Image: Birth control pills, via Shutterstock.

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FDA: New Birth Control Drugs Increase Blood Clot Risk

Friday, October 28th, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration has released a new study linking several new birth control pills, including the drug Yaz, to an increased risk of dangerous, even life-threatening blood clots.  The Associated Press reports:

A new study released by the Food and Drug Administration reviewed the medical history of more than 800,000 women taking different forms of birth control between 2001 and 2007. On average, woman taking Yaz had significantly higher rates of blood clots than women taking older birth control drugs.

The agency also reports higher complications in women using the Ortho Evra patch from Johnson & Johnson and the Nuvaring vaginal ring from Merck & Co. Inc.

The FDA will hold a public meeting in December to discuss the findings further.

 

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