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To Lezlie Lowe,

I read your column ("Take a pill," Oct 27) and totally agree with you; however, when you mentioned the pills you mentioned Diane. I'd like to point out Diane 35 is actually an acne medication, not an oral contraceptive. On March 20, 2005, CBC's Marketplace aired an episode on the misuse of the product. On CBC's website there's a quote from Health Canada stating "Diane 35 should never be prescribed as birth control as it is meant to treat severe acne and even then you should stop taking Diane 35 a couple of months after your severe acne clears up." It alarmed me that maybe women considered it a safe and effective form of birth control.

By Trudy

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