What is Beyaz?
Manufactured and marketed by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Beyaz is a birth control product that contains drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol and levomefolate. Drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol prevent ovulation by inhibiting the release of an egg from the ovary, while levomefolate helps prevent a birth defect that could occur in a baby if the pregnancy occurs while taking birth control pills. Beyaz is primarily prescribed to prevent pregnancy, though it is also commonly used to treat moderate acne in women who are at least 14 years old and have started having menstrual periods.
The drospirenone contained in Beyaz is considered a newer, so-called ‘fourth generation’ progestin that is fundamentally different from earlier versions of birth control. Currently, there is insufficient data available regarding its safe use, but court records indicate that studies conducted on drospirenone has shown that its effects are far different than second generation progestins, and hence potentially more dangerous. Making matters worse, FDA officials have said they are not aware of any real benefits in the drospirenone contained in Beyaz and other similar drugs.