Teenager Dies from Embolism Caused by Contraceptive : 14th Jan 10

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The Swiss Federation of Service to Patients (Patientenstellen der Schweiz) has called for a ban on one type of contraceptive pill after it was linked to the death of a 17-year-old German girl in a Swiss hospital last month. The girl, who died at the University Hospital of Basel, was taking a pill that includes drospirenone, a synthetic progestin compound used in newer brands such as Yaz, Yasmin and Yasminelle.

This was the third grave incident reported in Switzerland this year involving such contraceptives. In each case, the woman suffered a pulmonary embolism.

In May, one victim was left severely disabled after a three-month coma, and in September another woman died. “As no study has proven that the side effects caused by these contraceptives are not worse than in the case of other pills, they should be banned”, demanded Erika Ziltener, President of the Federation. Swissmedic, the country’s medical regulatory body, insists that the product need not be taken off the shelves, but it noted that all contraceptive pills carry dangers.

In the USA, people have filed more than 100 lawsuits against the pills’ maker, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, alleging it overstated the drugs’ benefits, downplayed their side effects, and failed to do proper research before releasing them onto the market. Parenting Freedom/Ennis & Ennis PA/LifeSite. December 24-26.

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