Who’s profiting from the pill? Bayer the Big Bad wolf

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Our previous post mentioned a host of oral contraceptive pills from Yaz to Zoely to Micogynon. In spite of their deceptively different names what these pills have in common is that they are ALL manufactured by a small handful of pharmaceutical companies including – Bayer, Teva and Watson. The most controversial of the pharma moguls is Bayer.

Bayer produces – Diane-35, Yasmine, Yaz, Beyaz, Safyral, Juliet-35, Yaz Flex, Levlen ED, Levlite, Tri-Levlen, Logynon, Microgynon-20-30-50, Microlevlen, Microlut, Mirena, Petibelle, Qlaira, Valette and Triquilar.

Bayer’s notoriety stems from the drug company’s bad track record of putting profits before consumer safety. Bayer first came to public attention in the 1980’s in the US when the company knowingly sold HIV and Hepatitis C infected blood and blood products to American consumers. 10,000 people were infected and some had died from the infection, causing Bayer to recall the products. Bayer then sold the recalled infected products to Asian and Latin American countries.

Here is a link to a news segment that aired in the 80’s about Bayer’s HIV and Hep C scandal 

And the most shocking part is that not one person from Bayer was indicted or investigated. Bayer basically infected trusting people with HIV. Those infected were compensated with $150 000, but can you really put such a price on someone’s health?

Today Bayer remains under public scrutiny for their oral contraceptive pills – Yaz and Yasmin. In 2008 and 2009 Yaz was the bestselling pill 7 years on and there have been multiple class action law suits from across the world, including Australia where Tindall Gask Bentley Law firm has engaged with over 465 women as of 2013. (To enquire about your own entitlements regarding Yaz or Yasmin click here)

Women pressing to sue Bayer over Yaz and Yasmin allege that the drugs were marketed in a way that exaggerated benefits such as acne and PMS reduction, undermining the serious risks associated with its use. As of 2006 since its release, 1000s of injuries and approximately 100 deaths are linked to Yaz and Yasmin through their adverse side effects (stroke, heart attack, blot clot, pulmonary embolism and gallbladder disease).

These deaths sadly include Brisbane student Tanya Hayes who was 24-years-old when she was taking Yasmin to control her acne. Tanya had suffered blood clotting in her lungs in 2008. Lakota Connell of Melbourne too died from a large blood clot. The 17-year-old had been 3 months in taking Yaz.

An study in the UK has also found that patients on Yaz and Yasmin pills are almost twice as likely to develop blood clots. However, in spite of these findings and the deaths and countless injuries Yaz and Yasmin pills remain on the market. So ladies, it’s up to you to inform educate yourself and make informed decisions about your wellbeing.

This post is dedicated in loving memory of Tanya and Lakota.

Blood clot sufferer Lakota and her twin sister Jo-Dene share their final embrace

Blood clot sufferer Lakota and her twin sister Jo-Dene share their final embrace

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