FDA approves new Bayer Birth Control | Safyral linked to Yaz

Bayer Disregards Yaz Side Effects, Gets FDA Approval for Safyral

Richard Burke | December 21st, 2010

The FDA recently approved the contraceptive Safyral which contains 3mg of drospirenone, the same hormone found in Yaz as well as the controversial Beyaz, Yaz’s controversial “little sister.”

An unusual number of women have endured life threatening side effects linked with the Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella birth control pills, and the FDA recently forced the manufacturer Bayer HealthCare to recall 150,000 birth control packages.

What’s in a name – A rose by any other name

Safyral and Beyaz contain a new ingredient that is not found in Yaz: folate, a form of vitamin B. The addition of folate is recognized as an aid against neural tube defects (NTDs) in pregnancies that may occur despite taking Safyral or Beyaz; a practical safeguard in the event of an unplanned pregnancy.

Yaz Marketing: The Sequel

The added hook that prompts many women to choose Yaz over other birth control options is the promise of “cures” for common female health concerns such as the treatment of  acne. By offering women additional reasons to take birth control, Bayer is able to sell more product and inspire a larger number of women to regularly use the unsafe oral contraceptive pills. Like Yaz, the new drugs Safyral and Beyaz essentially offer “more than birth control”; the same pitch they’ve been using all along.

Will Safyral and Beyaz pose the same risks as Yaz and Yasmin?

Right now the public can only speculate as to the connections between the ingredients found in these birth control pills and the strokes, gallbladder disease and other serious side effects that affect Yaz users. One thing that is known for sure is that Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Safyral and Beyaz all contain drospirenone, the primary ingredient found in all of Bayer’s fourth generation birth control pills.

Safyral is merely a new Yaz pill with a new name and an old vitamin that will likely be marketed in the same notorious Bayer manner.  With nothing new for consumers to rely on, it should be considered just as risky and dangerous as Yaz.

And honestly– Does anyone feel safer with a name that sounds like “Safer-all?”  Or is it  “Safe-for-all?”