Bayer AG, Germany’s largest drugmaker, said its Yaz contraceptive is part of an investigation by a Swiss health regulator into the death of a young woman who took the pill.
The Swissmedic agency and an investigative judge are looking into the case of the woman, who died from the effects of pulmonary embolism, Bayer’s Swiss health unit said in a statement posted on its Web site yesterday. Bayer is cooperating with the authorities, the company said.
Leverkusen, Germany-based Bayer’s Yasmin, Yaz and Yasminelle contraceptives brought in $1.86 billion for Bayer in the first quarter, and Yasmin and Yaz are the two biggest- selling contraceptives worldwide, according to IMS Health Inc., a Norwalk, Connecticut-based market research company.
The regulator was alerted to the “sudden” death of the woman, who had been taking the contraceptive for ten months, Swissmedic said on its Web site. Thromboembolic complications are well known yet rare side-effects of hormone-based contraceptives and the risk is also increased during pregnancy, the agency said.
Birth control link to embolism investigated
Switzerland’s medicines supervisor has said it will investigate allegations an oral contraceptive contributed to a fatal lung embolism in a woman.
The embolism occurred ten months after the woman starting taking Yaz birth control pills produced by German firm Bayer. She died in mid-September.
In the past Bayer has said the drug presents no more risk of venal thrombosis than other contraceptive pills.
Yaz is the lower-dose version of Bayer’s contraceptive, Yasmin, which was launched in Europe last year, two years after it went on sale in the United States.
Swissmedic began investigating all brands of birth control pills after a 16-year-old girl taking Yasmin was left disabled by a lung embolism in May. It is due to announce its findings into the health effects of oral contraceptives in October. Nine deaths in Switzerland have been connected with oral contraceptives since 1990.
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