Beyaz, Safyral, Ocella, Gianvi, Zarah, Loryna, Syeda, And Vestura OC Pills Contain DRSP Progestin Also
UPDATE: Bayer's "Dear Doctor" Letter about April 2012 label change (PDF) for its drospirenone (DRSP) birth control pills -- YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, and Safyral -- resulting from the December 8, 2011 FDA Advisory Committees meeting.
On April 10, 2012 the FDA issued "Drug Information Update - Drug Safety Communication: Updated information about the risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone", an email alert which initially let us know about a significant revision to the package insert, or drug label, for the following oral contraceptive (OC) pills:
- YAZ, Yasmin, Beyaz, and Safyral, which are manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.;
- Ocella, a generic version of Yasmin, and Gianvi, a generic version of YAZ. The Ocella and Gianvi birth control pills are from Teva Pharmaceuticals and Barr Laboratories;
- Zarah, a generic version of Yasmin, and Vestura, a generic version of YAZ. The Zarah and Vestura oral contraceptives are made by Watson Pharmaceuticals; and
- Loryna, a generic version of YAZ, and Syeda, a generic version of Yasmin. The Loryna and Syeda OCs are made and sold by Sandoz, Inc.
In summary, the FDA has completed its review of some relatively recent medical studies regarding these drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives which was intended to determine whether there was any increased risk of blood clots in women using one of these DRSP OCs. Based on this review, FDA has concluded that Yasmin, YAZ, Safyral, and Beyaz, as well as the other generic birth control pills containing drospirenone (DRSP), may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than those pills with other progestins, such as levonorgestrel.
As a result of this determination, the labels for Yasmin, YAZ, Safyral, and Beyaz were revised by Bayer and the FDA in April 2012 by adding information about the various medical studies concerning the increased blood clot risks associated with drospirenone-containing birth control pills.
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In turn, the drug labels for the generic DRSP birth control pills -- Ocella, Gianvi, Zarah, Loryna, Syeda, and Vestura -- will be revised by their respective responsible drug companies in the near future, as they are required to do by law.
For more details about this April 2012 drospirenone (DRSP) label revision announcement by the FDA, see: "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Updated information about the risk of blood clots in women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone".
In addition, this list of background articles about certain developments leading up to the April 2012 Yasmin / YAZ / Safyral / Beyaz label change may be of interest to those wanting to know more about this rather significant drug labelling revision:
Is Bayer Warning Or Attacking With Its New YAZ / Yasmin Package Insert, Or Label, In The U.S
March 2010: Bayer Says It Will Update Yasmin Label In Europe To Add Results From Four Medical Studies
Of course, we will continue to monitor both the drug safety and the legal / litigation aspects of this particular set of birth control pills containing drospirenone (DRSP).
P.S. April 2012 YAZ Prescribing Information (PDF) Recent Major Changes: Warnings and Precautions, Thromboembolic Disorders (5.1) 4/2012
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