Dangerous pills OK'd by FDA panel
The way the feds are glossing over serious problems with newer birth control drugs, you'd think Priority #1 at the FDA is making sure Americans don't have babies (which isn't as far from the truth as you might believe).
First, an FDA panel voted to keep a dangerous birth control pill on the market despite the fact that it can TRIPLE the risk of the blood clots that can cause heart attacks and stroke -- as long as that risk is mentioned in the warning info that no one reads anyway.
The drug is drospirenone, already on the market under names like Yaz and Yasmin, and this isn't the first time it's been let off the hook despite big-time problems.
Bayer was accused of crucial safety data on the drug... caught again sending bad batches of the med to pharmacies... and caught a third time marketing it for everything from acne to PMS, despite the fact that it was approved for none of the above.
High risks... bad meds... marketing lies. Sounds like "three strikes and you're out" to me -- but to the feds, those are just minor distractions.
Believe it or not, that wasn't this panel's only act -- they also came out for one heck of an encore, voting to keep the Ortho Evra birth control patch on the market despite studies showing it could double the risk of blood clots in the legs and lungs.
The panel says it's a risks-vs-benefits thing, and in this case the "benefit" of a patch you can wear for a week instead of a pill you have to swallow every day outweighs those deadly risks.
Give me a break! Convenience isn't a "benefit" -- it's a sales pitch. But as far as the FDA's concerned, there's no difference between the two.
Ladies, I won't get into the dos-and-don'ts of birth control -- it's more of a political issue than a medical one these days. But I will say this: Birth control pills of any kind are powerful hormone drugs -- and they're a lot more dangerous than most of you realize.