Navigation Links
FDA Approves Wyeth's Oral Contraceptive Lybrel

FDA as expected on Tuesday approved Wyeth's oral contraceptive Lybrel, which is designed to eliminate monthly menstrual periods, the Los Angeles Times reports. Lybrel, which contains a lower dose of synthetic hormones in a daily dose than traditional oral contraceptives, is taken 365 days a year with no placebo pills. The usual regimen for oral contraceptives is 21 active pills taken consecutively, followed by seven placebo pills.

According to Wyeth, 59% of women taking Lybrel stopped bleeding after six months, but 18% of women participating in a clinical trial dropped out because of bleeding or spotting. A European trial found that the drug prevented pregnancy in all 323 women who took it, according to Wyeth.

The drug has received mixed reviews from women and health experts. In a study conducted by Wyeth, nearly two-thirds of women expressed an interest in eliminating their menstrual periods. However, Wyeth research also found that nearly 50% of the women surveyed welcomed their periods as a sign that they were not pregnant and nearly 25% said they were attached to their periods as a natural part of womanhood.

Available medical research shows that the side effects of pills that suppress menstruation are similar to those of other birth control pills. The most significant risk of the pills is cardiovascular complications in women who smoke.

Daniel Shames, deputy director of FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said that eliminating monthly periods does not appear to carry safety issues, but he added that Wyeth will continue to study Lybrel to see if unexpected safety issues occur.

FDA said that because women taking Lybrel will not have a monthly period, they should be tested if they suspect they might be pregnant, the Washington Post reports. Gerardo Bustillo, assistant ob-gyn chief at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center, said Lybrel might appeal to women who take oral contraceptives to prevent menstrual cramps and migraine headaches or to control endometriosis. Wyeth expects to begin sales of Lybrel in July, but the price has not been determined, according to a spokesperson for the company.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. FDA Approves Contraceptive Ring
2. FDA Approves New HIV Drug, Viread
3. FDA Approves Birth Control Skin Patch
4. FDA Approves New Arthritis Drug, Bextra
5. FDA Approves Elidel Cream for Eczema
6. FDA Approves New Anti-Clotting Drug
7. FDA Approves New surgery Treatment for Farsightedness
8. FDA Approves Anti-Cancer Cell Drug - Zevalin
9. FDA Approves Remodulin for Pulmonary Hypertension
10. World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking
11. World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... Tim ... program serving families of greater Dubuque, IA. The current campaign fundraises for Veteran’s ... discharged veterans. Donations to Veteran’s Freedom Center may now be made here: ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... Dr. Benjamin Stong of Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC ... Stong is double board certified and the only facial plastic surgeon in Atlanta to ... Non-surgical therapies such as stem cells can be used to provide stabilization to hair ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... , ... (PRWEB) May 05, 2016 , ... Talent ... acquisition startup, HireNurses, on the eve of National Nurses Week (May 6-12). ... and healthcare employers. With their enrollment into the Talent Tech Lab Virtual Incubation program, ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... VisualDx ... Android devices. VisualDx is the first point of care diagnostic support system ... medicine. The system speeds diagnosis, therapy decisions and patient education for emergency ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... ACLS ... to announce its new referral program, giving participants incentive for spreading the word ... community, and we know many professionals share resources with their friends and colleagues,” ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/3/2016)... PUNE, India , May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... report spreads across 154 pages, profiling 09 key ... It is a professional and in-depth study on ... providing a basic overview of the industry including ... Insulin Needles market analysis is provided for the ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016  Axiogenesis has acquired a major investment from Sino-German High-Tech Fund to further expand product development, strengthen ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160503/362921 ... ... ... ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... , May 3, 2016   BIOTRONIK , ... today announced Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval ... that provides heart failure patients with access to ... also have remote monitoring with daily automatic transmission ... heart rate in response to physiological demands. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: