While crazy, it seems that Bayer is still pushing different versions of the controversial and dangerous Yaz birth control pills. Back in September, Bayer, the makers of Yaz, released a new pill called “Yaz Flex” in Australia.
The new version of Yaz claims to allow women who take the medication to go four months without a period. This is supposed to work by allowing them to skip taking their sugar pills, which helps them to fend off their periods. Yaz Flex comes in packs of 120 pills, and the women using the pills take them continuously, which brings their periods down to about three yearly. The pills also come in a small dispenser that keeps track of how many pills are taken. This is said to alert women to when they have missed a pill. The dispenser can also be set to ring an alarm to notify the women that it is time to take the pill, which will help prevent them from missing one.
This sounds like a terrible idea in light of the dangers that the Yaz pills pose. Bayer seems to be popping up all over the place with “new” versions of Yaz to push on unsuspecting people who are living in countries other than the United States. Back in October 2012, Bayer tried to release Yaz in patch form, but the FDA delayed the release due to the blood clots linked to Yaz in pill form. It seems that despite the thousands of lawsuits the company has been forced to reach settlement agreements in, Bayer continues to market Yaz in different formats, hoping to convince the public that the formula is safe.
Yaz’s main active ingredient, drospirenone — which is found in all of the drug’s forms — has been linked to side effects including gallbladder disease, strokes, heart attacks, kidney stones and blood clots that can lead to pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis.