All about Yaz

I have been casually tracking stories about Yaz, the birth control pill, for over a year now. This NPR story is a good overview of developments to date.

excerpt below is from NPR

After Yaz came out in 2006, it quickly became America’s No. 1 birth control pill, bringing Bayer $800 million last year. But now thousands of women are suing Bayer because they say Yaz caused them serious harm. Sales have dropped 15 percent in the past year.

It’s a good time to look at the Yaz saga and see if it has anything to teach women and their doctors when they choose a contraceptive.

Yaz was something entirely new in the long history of birth control pills — and not just in its chemical formulation. It was the first pill to be marketed for multiple purposes. Bayer promoted it heavily as going “beyond birth control.”

A centerpiece TV ad noted that “all birth control pills are 99 percent effective and can give you shorter, lighter periods. But there’s one pill that goes beyond the rest. It’s Yaz.”…

much more via Newer Is Not Always Better

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