EU agency to review safety of newer contraceptive pills

LONDON (Reuters) – The European Medicines Agency is to review the safety of third and fourth-generation combined oral contraceptives to decide if there is a need to restrict their use. Monday’s move followed a request by France, where authorities have already taken steps to reduce use of the drugs in favor of second-generation birth control pills. The newer pills, which include Bayer’s Meliane or Yasmin, have proved popular because they reduce side effects seen with earlier versions, such as weight gain and acne. …
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