FDA Yaz, Yasmin panel members had financial ties to Bayer

Several committee advisors on a panel charged with weighing the risks and benefits of Yaz and Yasmin have come under scrutiny for their ties to the drugs’ manufacturer. At least four of the members on the panel put together by the Food and Drug Administration have worked for or received money from Bayer.

The committee was organized to discuss the potential increased risks of blood clots and other side effects in women using Yaz and Yasmin. The panel voted 15-11 that the drugs should be kept on the market. A government watchdog agency later discovered that four of the votes in favor of the drugs came from members who received research funding from Bayer or were employed by the company.

The panel also voted 21-5 in favor of the FDA updating the warnings on Yaz and Yasmin to include the increased risks of side effects. A study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found that women using Yaz or Yasmin are twice as likely to suffer from blood clots.

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