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EU drug agency to review new birth control pills for blood clot risk

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said it would review safety data for third- and fourth-generation birth control pills, responding to French concern that these contraceptives may cause dangerous blood clots. The agency, describing contraceptive pills as carrying only “a very rare risk” of clots, said a special panel…

US adds clot risks to some birth control labels

US health authorities on Tuesday ordered revised labels on some types of birth control including German pharmaceutical giant Bayer’s Yaz pills to advise of a possibly higher risk of blood clots. “Women who use birth control pills with drospirenone (like Yaz) may have a higher risk of getting a blood clot,” said a new Yaz label on the US…

Pfizer recalls 1 million ineffective birth control pill packs

Pfizer announced a recall of approximately 1 million birth control pill packs in the United States and warned users of the recalled pills to start using back-up methods immediately to prevent pregnancy. The pills recalled are marketed under the name Lo/Ovral-28 and as generic Norgestrel/Ethinyl Estradiol as sold by Akrimax…

DC bill would ease access to birth control pills

WASHINGTON – A new bill introduced in the DC council would allow women to buy birth control pills over the counter without a doctor’s prescription, according to the Washington Post. The measure, put forth by DC Council member David Catania, would end a long-running law in this city that requires…

Thanks, PPFA

After the discussion from yesterday, I’ve decided that we should go ahead and start that Twitter hashtag that was discussed. And since my recently departed iPhone has come back to me, I can actually participate more fully! The hashtag is #thanksppfa. I went with PPFA, which is more specific, but…

The police state blends seamlessly into sex phobia

TPMCafe is having a Book Club for Jessica Valenti’s new book The Purity Myth, and I’ve been asked to blog for it. I used by first blog post to explicate the two general arguments for the necessity of controlling and punishing female sexuality, what you might call the malevolent and…

They work by releasing little demons that stab sperm to death

A friend sent me this story about further Baptist shenanigans, this time from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. What I like it is that it’s a clear cut example of how godbags don’t believe their own bullshit. FORT WORTH, Texas — A Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor told students there…

Yaz dinged for curing a disease of tradition

I’m always a little suspicious when our current FDA, which has been on a mission to make birth control hard for women to get, makes a move in the direction of birth control. But, like Tracy Clark-Flory, I can’t help but think it’s a good thing that they’re reining in…

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