French Oral Contraceptive Diane-35 Found Potentially Deadly and Dangerous

Photo: epSos.de for flickr

Photo: epSos.de for flickr

On Wednesday, March 27, France’s medical authority, l’Agence de securité et medicaments (ANSM), announced the results of an investigation into the harmful side effects of a popular oral contraceptive and acne medicine, Diane-35.

The findings confirmed that the drug, produced by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, had resulted in the deaths of at least four women in France over a 25-year period. The study addressed over 80 complaints concerning dangerous and fatal symptoms connected to usage of the popular drug

Before ANSM’s official investigation, a secret study conducted its own research and found that 125 women who had taken Bayer’s third and fourth generation pill had experienced negative and potentially deadly side effects. French newspaper Le Figaro leaked the secret document, revealing that 37 women had not fully recovered and still dealt with the lasting negative effects of the drug.

The ANSM findings estimate the number of women affected by pill-related venous thromboembolism—or more plainly, blood clots—to be around 2,500, with 20 deaths total from severe strokes, the worst case side-effect related to usage of Diane-35. With over 300,000 women in France using the medication, this investigation will help to raise awareness and explore the potential misuse of the drug as an oral contraceptive.

Dr. Eric Wooltoron, an associate editor at the Canadian Medical Association journal, warned, “Diane-35 should be reserved for temporary use in women with serious acne and should not be used solely as an oral contraceptive. All women who use combination oral contraceptives are at risk of venous thromboembolism…” The drug remains commercially available, however, but with doctors more wary about prescribing the medication, sales of Diane-35 have dropped 34% since January.

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