September-August 2007: Birth Control / EC / Plan B

Prescription for Strong Bones: Drink Your Milk and Stay Off the Pill Woman Dies from Blood Clot Plan B Sales  FDA Sued Over Unlawful Approval of Morning-After Pill / Plan B Abortion Numbers in Scotland Rise Again Despite [Because of…?] OTC Morning After Pill/ EC Washington Pharmacists Sue State Over Forcing Sales of Morning After Pill / Emergency Contraception… PRESCRIPTION FOR STRONG BONES: DRINK YOUR MILK AND STAY OFF THE PILL. A recent study of female military cadets shows that the Pill and cessation of menstrual periods both decrease bone density during critical years. This side effect could have long-lasting results because women reach their peak bone mass by age 25. The oral contraceptive Lybrel, now available in the United States, also stops monthly periods entirely in most cases. Nutrition and exercise were protective factors. (Source: “Oral contraceptives, other factors reduce bone mass,” Reuters, 08-24-07, http://www.reuters.com/article/healthNews/idUSCOL46695420070824) [Reuters, 24Aug07; Abstinence Clearinghouse E-Mail Update, 8/29/2007]       BIRTH CONTROL PILL CREATES CLOT AFFECTING WOMAN'S DEATH. An Irish woman has died of a blood clot after taking the birth control pill for several years. Her family and an investigating doctor have publicly attributed her death to the use of the contraceptive. On March 22 of last year, 31-year-old Julie Hennessy was found dead on the floor of her living room, Ireland Independent reports. Although she was a non-smoker of healthy weight, the woman had been taking the drug Mercilon for a number of years. This resulted in her developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein-usually in one of the appendages. As...

Depo Provera Linked to Bone Density Loss (2004)

DEPO-PROVERA LABELED: LINKED TO BONE DENSITY LOSS The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a "black box warning" — the strongest possible FDA warning issued — to the labeling of the Depo-Provera drug, noting that extended use of this injectabel contraceptive can cause "significant bone density loss." [Right to Life, www.cincinnatirighttolife.org. Cincinnati Right to Life, April 2008]   November 17, 2004 Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA Black Box Warning Added Concerning Long-Term Use of Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that a "black box" warning, highlighting prolonged use may result in the loss of bone density, will be added to the labeling of Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection, an established injectable drug approved for use in women to prevent pregnancy. Although Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection has been used for decades for birth control throughout the world and remains a safe and effective contraceptive, FDA and Pfizer, the drug's manufacturer, are taking this action to ensure that physicians and patients have access to this important information. The black box warning for Depo-Provera highlights that prolonged use of the drug may result in significant loss of bone density, and that the loss is greater the longer the drug is administered. This bone density loss may not be completely reversible after discontinuation of the drug.   Thus the warning states that a woman should only use Depo-Provera Contraceptive Injection as a long-term birth control method (for example, longer than two years) if other birth control methods are inadequate for her.   Black box warnings are designed to highlight special problems, particularly those that are serious, and to give health care...