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On October 3rd, the pharmaceutical company Bayer, received a warning letter from FDA about running misleading commercials for the oral contraceptive YAZ. FDA clearly stated that the adds were overstating the benefits of the drug, broadening the drug's indication, and minimizing serious risks associated with the drug's usage.

YAZ has been approved for symptoms related to treatment of a severe form of PMS -- called premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which includes anxiety, tension and persistent anger and not for the treatment of the less serious premenstrual syndrome, also known as PMS. Both ads are repreenting YAZ as treatment for acne of all severities while YAZ is only indicated for the treatment of "moderate acne."

In the ads women are singing while hitting balloons that have words such as "bloating," "irritability," and "moodiness" on them. Such show in commercials with fast-moving images and background music could make it difficult for viewers to understand the important risks of taking YAZ, many of them being conveyed are serious, even life-threatening.


I always though those commercials sounded too good to be true.

From what I've read and experienced, most women don't have that great of an experience with hormonal birth control methods.