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Commonly prescribed birth control linked to 23 Canadian deaths

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Two commonly prescribed birth control pills have been associated with the deaths of 23 women in Canada, according to documents obtained from Health Canada by NBC News. Two commonly prescribed birth control pills have been associated with the deaths of 23 women in Canada, according to documents obtained from Health Canada by NBC News.
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Two commonly prescribed birth control pills have been associated with the deaths of 23 women in Canada, according to documents obtained from Health Canada by NBC News.

The medications in question are Yaz and Yasmin, birth control that is also available in the United States.

Of those who died, more than half of them were under the age of 26, with the youngest being only 14 years old.

In addition to the 23 deaths, more than 600 adverse reactions were reported between 2007 and early 2013.

According to a statement made by Health Canada to CTV News, they were unable to determine if the deaths were a direct result of using one specific health product.

Bayer, the maker of Yaz and Yasmin, said it was aware of the reported deaths, but "fully stands behind Yaz and Yasmin."

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