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Report says Yaz, Yasmin big money-makers for Bayer

Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg Television provides some context for the recent national debates about birth control, pointing out that birth control constitutes “big business for big pharma.”

In a recent report, Ms. Pettypiece observed that Americans spent $5 billion last year for birth control. She said the German corporation Bayer gets about $1.5 billion a year from its drugs Yaz and Yasmin.

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Several studies show that Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, and other birth control pills that contain the compound drospirenone are more likely to cause blood clots, pulmonary embolism and stroke than other birth control drugs. A number of lawsuits claim that Bayer failed to adequately warn patients of the risk.

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