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  1. 1 Million Birth Control Pill Packs Recalled

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- Pfizer has recalled 1 million packs of Lo/Ovral-28 and generic norgestrel/ethinyl estradiol birth control pills. The pills, which must be taken in the correct sequence, may be mixed up. Women using the products risk pregnancy and should consult their doctors. Although the pills are m

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  2. FDA: Stronger Labeling Needed for Newer Contraceptives

    Dec. 9, 2011 -- An FDA panel has voted 15-11 that the benefits of newer oral contraceptives outweigh their risks of dangerous blood clots. But the panel voted 21-5 that the contraceptives’ labels don’t adequately reflect that risk/benefit profile. The newer oral contraceptives, which contain the man

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  3. Plan B: Sebelius Overrules FDA, Nixes Sale Without ID

    Dec. 7, 2011 -- Plan B One-Step -- the emergency contraceptive "morning-after pill" -- will remain hidden behind pharmacy counters. Girls under age 17 will still need a prescription. Teva Pharmaceuticals had petitioned the FDA to allow stores to put Plan B on shelves with other family-planning produ

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  4. New Version of Contraceptive Implant Is Easier to Insert

    Nov. 10, 2011 -- The drugmaker Merck has introduced a new version of its long-acting contraceptive implant Implanon, designed for easier insertion and removal by health care professionals. The new version of the contraceptive is called Nexplanon. Like Implanon, it is a progestin-only hormonal birth

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  5. Study: Newer Birth Control Pills May Double Blood Clot Risk

    Oct. 25, 2011 -- Women who take newer birth control pills appear to get dangerous blood clots in their veins about twice as often as women on an older pill formulation. That was the finding of one of the largest studies ever to look at the link between blood clots and hormonal contraception. Still,

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  6. Birth Control Pills Recalled

    Sept. 16, 2011 -- Qualitest Pharmaceuticals is voluntarily recalling multiple lots of its birth control pills because of a packaging error that may leave women without adequate contraception and at risk for unintended pregnancy. Select blister packs of the birth control pills were rotated 180 degree

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  7. IUDs for Birth Control May Cut Cervical Cancer Risk

    Sept. 12, 2011 -- Women who use intrauterine devices (IUDs) for birth control, even for a short time, have a lower cervical cancer risk than those with no history of IUD use, new research suggests. Compared to women who had never used an IUD, the international study found that those who had used the

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  8. No More Co-pay for Birth Control

    Aug. 1, 2011 -- Health care reform requires new insurance plans to fully cover women's preventive care, which now will include free birth control, yearly wellness visits, breastfeeding counseling and equipment, and screening for gestational diabetes, domestic abuse, HPV, sexually transmitted infecti

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  9. IUDs May Be Underused Form of Birth Control

    June 20, 2011 -- Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implantable contraceptives may not be popular, but they are among the most reliable contraceptive methods available. "IUDs and implants should be considered first-line contraceptives for a majority of women," says Eve Espey, MD, MPH, an associate prof

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  10. Clot Risk May Be Higher With Newer Birth Control Pills

    April 21, 2011 -- Women who take birth control pills with the newer hormone drospirenone have a higher risk for developing potentially serious blood clots than women who take oral contraceptives containing the older hormone levonorgestrel, two new studies show. The studies are published in BMJ Onlin

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