Wednesday, February 07, 2007
3G contraceptives (part 2)
Thank you all for your comments and personal stories. To answer one of the more frequent questions, the nine drugs that Public Citizen is taking issue with (Full Story), and that Dr. Gupta listed this morning on CNN are as follows:
- Kariva (Duramed/Barr)
- Desogen (Organon)
- Mircette (Duramed/Barr)
- Apri-28 (Duramed/Barr)
- Ortho-Cept (Ortho-McNeil)
- Reclipsen (Watson)
- Cyclessa (Organon)
- Desogestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol (Duramed/Barr and Watson Pharmaceuticals)
It's important to remember though, that all types of birth control pills contain a risk and a written warning about increased risk of blood clots and those containing desogesterol have an additional warning that the risk for blood clots may be even greater.
In addition, the drug companies say their drugs are safe when taken as directed. Two manufacturers issued statements to CNN:
"The labeling that accompanies the company's oral contraceptive product provides all the necessary warnings and precautions for the appropriate use of the products."
-Statement from Barr Pharmaceuticals
"When used as labeled, Ortho-Cept is a safe and effective birth control choice."
-Statement from Ortho Women's Health & Urology
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