Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, and Ocella Birth Control Pills

Yasmin is the brand name for a birth control pill that is generically known as drospirenone.  It is also a treatment for moderate acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in women.  It is produced by Bayer Healthcare.  Bayer Healthcare also manufactures “Yaz” birth control pills. The main difference between Yaz and Yasmin is in the level of estrogen contained in each pill compared to the level of progestins.

Yasmin has brought Bayer Healthcare $487 million in sales in the US alone with $1.5 billion worldwide.

However, it has also been reportedly causing some serious side effects since the FDA approved its use in May 2001.

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