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Mylan Launches Xulane - First Generic Ortho Evra Patch

Posted 2 days 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

PITTSBURGH, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Mylan Inc. (Nasdaq: MYL) today announced that its U.S.-based subsidiary Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. has launched Xulane (Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol Transdermal System 150/35 mcg per day), the generic version of Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s Ortho Evra®* (Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol Transdermal System 150/35 mcg per day). This product is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use a transdermal patch as a method of contraception. Mylan received final approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for this product. Mylan CEO Heather Bresch commented: "Mylan is proud to continue expanding its portfolio of transdermal products through the launch of the first generic Ortho Evra Patch. Mylan's Xulane (Norelgestromin / Ethinyl Estradiol Transdermal ... Read more

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Teen Pregnancy Rates Much Higher for Girls With Serious Mental Illness: Study

Posted 10 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 – Teenage girls diagnosed with major mental illness are much more likely to give birth, according to a new study from Canada, suggesting such girls should become a special target for anti-pregnancy efforts, the researchers say. The investigators also found that birth rates haven't dipped as fast in mentally ill girls as they have in other girls, an indication that those with psychological problems may be less affected by overall trends in teen pregnancy. The study doesn't examine statistics from the United States. But study lead author Dr. Simone Vigod, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, said they are probably similar. "We're doing a good job overall of preventing pregnancy in teenagers, but we need to attend to the fact that girls with major mental health issues are not having the decrease in pregnancy rate that we expect from ... Read more

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Male Birth Control Shows Promise in Mice

Posted 3 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 3, 2013 – A safe and effective male birth control pill may be inching closer to reality, according to researchers. In laboratory experiments, mouse sperm was blocked from semen while still allowing for normal sexual activity. Without sperm in the ejaculated semen, there is no chance of fertilizing an egg and achieving pregnancy. But women shouldn't plan to abandon their birth control pills just yet. At least one expert said this new approach, although promising, is not ready for prime time and won't be in the near future. Results of animal studies also don't necessarily translate to humans. For the study, researchers led by Dr. Sabatino Ventura, a senior lecturer at Monash University in Parkville, Australia, genetically knocked out two key proteins in mice. These proteins – alpha-1A adrenoceptor and P2X1-purinoceptor – transport sperm through the urethra when a man ... Read more

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'The Pill' Tied to Raised Risk of Glaucoma

Posted 18 Nov 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 – Taking birth control pills for more than three years may increase a woman's risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, a new study suggests. The findings are from an investigation involving more than 3,400 women aged 40 and older who took part in the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2008. "At this point, women who have taken oral contraceptives for three or more years should be screened for glaucoma and followed closely by an ophthalmologist, especially if they have any other existing risk factors," said lead researcher Dr. Shan Lin, professor of clinical ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. Women who took birth control pills for longer than three years were twice as likely to have been diagnosed with glaucoma, according to the study. The findings were presented Monday at the annual meeting of the ... Read more

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Warner Chilcott Announces FDA Approval of Lo Minastrin Fe

Posted 28 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

DUBLIN, Ireland, July 25, 2013 – Warner Chilcott plc today announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lo Minastrin Fe (norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol chewable tablets, ethinyl estradiol tablets and ferrous fumarate tablets) for the prevention of pregnancy. The Company is currently developing the commercial launch plans for Lo Minastrin Fe. "We are pleased to announce the approval of Lo Minastrin Fe, which marks the fifth FDA-approved product for the Company since the beginning of 2013," noted Roger Boissonneault, President and CEO of Warner Chilcott. About Lo Minastrin Fe Lo Minastrin Fe is indicated for use by females of reproductive age to prevent pregnancy. Important Safety Information Cigarette smoking increases the risk of serious cardiovascular events from combination oral contraceptive (COC) use. This risk increases with age, ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Estarylla (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol): Recall - Report of Placebo Tablet Present in Row of Active Tablets

Posted 8 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Sandoz notified the public it is conducting a voluntary nationwide recall to the retailer level of one lot of its Estarylla (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) tablets in the US, following a customer report of a placebo tablet present in a row of active tablets on one pack. The lot number, expiration date, and NDC code of the recalled lot is: LF01213A, expiration date 02/2014, NDC 00781-4058-15. It is supplied in cartons containing 3 blister cards of 28 tablets each. This lot was distributed to the US market only. BACKGROUND: Estarylla is indicated for the prevention of pregnancy in women who elect to use oral contraceptives as a method of contraception. RECOMMENDATION: The Sandoz Drug Information Direct Line is open at 800-525-2492, 24 hours/day, seven days a week. Healthcare professionals and patients are encouraged to report adverse events or side effects related to the use ... Read more

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U.S. Teen Birth Rate Plummets: Report

Posted 23 May 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 23 – Teen birth rates in the United States are dropping sharply, especially among Hispanic teens, according to a new government report. Overall, the rate of birth among teens aged 15 to 19 dropped by nearly one half from 1991 to 2011 – from about 62 births for every 1,000 teens to 31 births for every 1,000. From 2007 to 2011, the most recent time period studied, rates fell 25 percent, from 41.5 to about 31. During that time, rates fell at least 30 percent in seven states, and Arizona and Utah each saw a 35 percent drop, said Brady Hamilton, a statistician at the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics and a co-author of the report, which was released Thursday. All but two states – North Dakota and West Virginia – reported drops of at least 15 percent, the researchers found. They tracked live births, not pregnancies. "It's good news," Hamilton said. "But it shows ... Read more

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Low-Dose 'Pill' Linked to Pain During Orgasm, Study Finds

Posted 3 May 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 3 – Women taking birth control pills with lower amounts of estrogen – a commonly prescribed contraceptive – may be at higher risk for chronic pelvic pain and pain during orgasm, according to new research. A study of nearly 1,000 women found that women on the lower-dose oral contraceptives were more likely than those on the standard dose (with higher estrogen levels), or those not on the pill, to report pelvic pain. "In our practice, we have seen a lot of this anecdotally," said Dr. Nirit Rosenblum, assistant professor of urology at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, a specialist in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery. To investigate the potential link further, she compared pain symptoms of women on low-dose birth control pills with those not on pills and those on standard doses. She is scheduled to present the findings Tuesday at the American ... Read more

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IUDs Safe Contraceptives for Teens, Study Finds

Posted 8 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 8 – IUDs are a safe method of birth control for teens, according to a new study. The findings challenge concerns that have persisted since the removal of a harmful IUD (intrauterine device) from the market in the 1970s, according to the researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. "Today's IUDs are not the same as the ones that existed decades ago and are undeserving of the outdated stigma they carry," study lead author Dr. Abbey Berenson, director of the university's Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Women's Health, said in a university news release. "Modern IUDs are safe, cost-effective and provide years of worry-free birth control," she said. "Though more research is needed, this study shows that IUDs should be among the options considered to address teen pregnancy rates." The researchers analyzed data from about 90,000 IUD users aged 15 ... Read more

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Repeat Births by Teen Girls Still Too High: CDC

Posted 2 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 2 – Nearly 20 percent of American teens who give birth have already had one or more babies, a federal study released Tuesday says. In 2010, more than 365,000 teens aged 15 to 19 gave birth and about 67,000 (18.3 percent) of those were repeat births, according to the April Vital Signs report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Repeat births among teens decreased by more than 6 percent between 2007 and 2010, but the number of repeat births remains high, according to the study. In 2010, repeat teen births were highest among American Indian/Alaska Natives (nearly 22 percent), Hispanics (21 percent) and blacks (about 20 percent). They were lowest among whites (just under 15 percent). Repeat births ranged from a high of 22 percent in Texas to 10 percent in New Hampshire, according to the report. Although 91 percent of teen mothers who were sexually active ... Read more

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FDA Approves Quartette (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) Tablets for the Prevention of Pregnancy

Posted 29 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 29, 2013-- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Quartette (levonorgestrel/ethinyl estradiol and ethinyl estradiol) tablets for the prevention of pregnancy. Quartette represents the next generation of extended regimen oral contraceptives to be approved by the FDA, and was designed to minimize breakthrough bleeding (BTB) between scheduled periods. The approval of Quartette demonstrates Teva’s continued commitment to the development and production of an innovative range of pharmaceutical products that support the health of women around the world. “Breakthrough bleeding can be experienced with any birth control pill, especially during the first few months, and is one of the reasons a large number of women discontinue extended regimens,” said Dr. James A. Simon, clinical professor of ... Read more

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Millions Still Lack Access to Modern Contraception, Study Says

Posted 11 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 11 – The number of women worldwide using modern contraceptive methods such as birth control pills is increasing, but an estimated 233 million women with partners may not have access to these methods in 2015, a new study suggests. That means these women would have to rely on traditional contraceptive methods, such as not having sex or withdrawal of the penis before ejaculation. Researchers analyzed data from 1990 to 2010 about women of reproductive age (15 to 49) in 194 countries and found that the use of contraception by married women increased from 55 percent to 63 percent during that time, while the unmet need for contraception fell from 15 percent to 12 percent. (Women with unmet need are those who want to delay or stop childbearing but aren't using any method of birth control to prevent pregnancy.) However, because of population growth and other factors, total ... Read more

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Teen Pregnancy-Prevention Program Works, Study Says

Posted 25 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 25 – Teenage girls at high risk for pregnancy were more likely to use condoms and birth control pills after taking part in a prevention program specifically designed for them, a new study says. The Prime Time program is provided at primary care clinics and is meant to change girls' sexual risk behaviors using measures such as personal case management and youth leadership opportunities, according to Renee Sieving of the University of Minnesota, and colleagues. "Findings suggest that health services grounded in a youth development framework can lead to long-term reductions in sexual risk among vulnerable youth," the study authors wrote. Their study, published online Feb. 25 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, included 253 sexually active girls, aged 13 to 17. About half were assigned to the Prime Time program while the others were assigned to a control group that received no ... Read more

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Obama Administration Revises Controversial Contraception Mandate

Posted 4 Feb 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 1 – Religious organizations that object to providing birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act would be allowed to hand that responsibility off to a third party under new rules proposed Friday by the Obama administration. The so-called "contraception mandate" has already been challenged in court by numerous groups on the grounds that it violates their religious beliefs. Federal health officials said Friday that the new rules are an attempt to address some of those concerns. "The [Obama] administration is committed to working with all employers to give them the flexibility and resources they need to implement the health care law in a way that both protects women's health and also makes common-sense accommodations for religious beliefs," Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, deputy director for policy and regulation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Center ... Read more

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Many Women Victims of 'Contraceptive Sabotage,' Experts Say

Posted 23 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 – Obstetricians and gynecologists should screen women and teens for signs that their partner is sabotaging their birth control, forcing them to have unprotected sex or otherwise trying to control their reproductive choices, says a leading group of U.S. doctors. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) lays out guidelines for detecting sexual and reproductive "coercion" – which it calls an under-recognized form of violence against women – in the February issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. "Most ob/gyns are probably unfamiliar with sexual and reproductive coercion as an entity and probably don't ask about it," said Dr. Eve Espey, chairwoman of the ACOG's Committee on Health Care for Underserved Women. The abuse includes hiding or destroying a woman's birth control method of choice; poking holes in a condom or removing it during sex; ... Read more

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