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Generic name: drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol
Treatment for: Acne, Birth Control, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder

FDA Extends Review Period of New Drug Application for Oral Contraceptive Yaz to First Quarter 2006

BERLIN, December 9, 2005 -- Schering AG, Germany announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has informed Schering's U.S. affiliate, Berlex, Inc., that it is extending the review period for the new drug application (NDA) regarding its new oral contraceptive Yaz containing 20 micrograms ethinyl estradiol and 3 milligrams drospirenone, in a unique, 24-day regimen.

"We now expect a decision from the FDA in the first quarter of 2006," said Phil Smits, M.D., Head of Gynecology&Andrology at Schering AG. "We are optimistic that Yaz will be available to women in the first half of 2006."

A unique feature of Yaz is an innovative dosing regimen of 24 days of active pills followed by 4 days of placebo pills. In the United States, oral contraceptives typically contain 21 days of active pills with 7 days of placebo.

Source: Schering AG

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