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FDA urged to revise contraceptive labels over blood clot risks

Catholic World News - December 09, 2011

A panel that advises the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is calling upon the agency to revise the labels of Yaz and Yasmin, two popular forms of the birth control pill.

The FDA, which has linked 50 deaths to the drugs, has found that “women taking Yasmin were about twice as likely to develop venous or arterial thrombotic events (VTEs and ATEs) than women on older birth control,” according to Reuters. Bayer, the pills’ maker, is facing 10,000 lawsuits alleging harm caused by the drugs.

In a close 15-11 vote, the panel stated that the benefits of the drugs nonetheless outweigh the risks.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 13, 2011 4:43 PM ET USA

    Many physicians worship at the feet of Pharmacy. You won't find them reluctant to prescribe,especially the latest and greatest,which is introduced with minimal testing to rush to market.

  • Posted by: rpp - Dec. 10, 2011 7:48 PM ET USA

    Any other drug would have been pulled form the market as a consequence of so many deaths.

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