Woman sued Bayer for contraceptive pill

Thrombosis risk from birth control pills

Birth control pills have side effects. New third and fourth generation contraceptive pills, however, appear to be particularly hazardous to health. According to the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Safety, certain preparations have a twice as high risk of thrombosis as older pills. After manufacturers in many European countries are under increasing pressure, a young woman is now suing the Bayer Group for the first time in Germany because of the serious side effects of a pill.

New contraceptive pills from Bayer may pose a high health risk Manufacturers of third and fourth generation contraceptive pills may face major sales losses in the future. Because the pills are increasingly criticized because of possible side effects in Europe and the USA. A committee of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is currently working on the topic. It should be clarified whether the pills in question should only be prescribed in future in exceptional cases. However, a final decision by the EMA is not expected before autumn.

"The aim of this procedure is first of all to evaluate the existing data situation again very carefully and then, based on this check, to come to a conclusion once again whether the currently existing information for doctors and for patients is still up-to-date, whether they need to be updated , must be changed whether we need new prescription recommendations for doctors and patients, "Monika Benstetter, spokeswoman for the EMA, told" Deutschlandfunk ".

For the first time in Germany, a young woman went to court against the pharmaceutical company Bayer, since an anti-baby pill from the company is said to have caused life-threatening pulmonary embolism with serious long-term consequences for the woman. In Switzerland, court proceedings are also currently underway for side effects of birth control pills. The lawsuit was also joined by one of the largest health insurance companies in the country. In the United States, Bayer has paid a total of EUR 1.18 billion to around 5,700 women who had suffered from thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in connection with a pill for out-of-court settlements. However, Bavaria did not accept any liability.

Third and fourth generation contraceptive pills with a high risk of thrombosis Again and again, the procedures involve newer pills of the third and fourth generation that contain substances such as desogestrel, gestodene or drospirenone. According to information from the German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Safety from 2011, taking such preparations doubles the risk of thrombosis compared to older pills. In addition to Bayer, manufacturers such as Ratiopharm, Pfizer, Grünenthal and Hexal also offer pills with these active ingredients.

Bayer was already in the headlines at the end of January after the French drug regulator announced that the marketing authorization for the “Diane 35” contraceptive pill was to be suspended in France. The reason for this decision was four deaths that were associated with the preparation. "Diane 35" is especially popular in Germany with young women because it helps against acne. As the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices announced in January, the prescription of "Diane 35" in Germany as a pure contraceptive is no longer possible. Bayer then emphasized that the drug should only be prescribed for the treatment of acne. (ag)

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