Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills have been linked to serious injuries. If you or a loved one had injuries, including heart attack, stroke, DVT, pulmonary embolism, blood clots, abnormal heart rhythm, gallbladder injury, pancreatitis or death sustained as a result of Yaz birth control pills, you may have a lawsuit that should be pursued.
If you are currently taking Yaz or Yasmin, a visit to your health care provider is warranted before you do anything else. However, if you or a loved one has suffered an injury after taking Yaz or Yasmin, you should speak to an experienced pharmaceutical attorney to see if you have a case. The Yaz and Yasmin side effect attorneys at Ury & Moskow, LLC, will determine if you have a claim and whether the defective drug case and lawsuit can be brought to a successful settlement, verdict, award or other recovery.
What Causes Yaz to Be Dangerous?
Yaz contains a compound created by Bayer called drospirenone, which is a "fourth generation" progestin. Drospirenone is believed to elevate the levels of potassium in the blood stream. Elevated levels of potassium in the blood can lead to a condition known as hyperkalemia, which can cause heart rhythm disturbances. Side effects of drospirenone and/or elevated potassium include:
- Abnormal heartbeat
- Blood clots (including deep vein thrombosis, intracardiac thrombus and pulmonary emboli)
- Damaged kidneys
- Damaged gallbladder
- Damaged pancreas resulting in pancreatitis
- Heart attack
Drospirenone has even been known to cause death.
The United States Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") has warned the manufacturer of Yaz (sometimes spelled as Yas) at least four times for improper marketing and manufacturing techniques. Lawsuits against the manufacturer of Yaz on behalf of injured parties have been filed across the United States as early as summer of 2009.
Studies and Findings About Yaz
A recent FDA study found that the Bayer birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin may increase the risk of blood clots by as much as 75 percent when compared to older birth control pills. The FDA released a new drug safety report on Yaz, Yasmin and all drugs made with the progestin, drospirenone in October 2011, in which it stated that its own study has found significant increased risk of blood clots in women who took Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills.
The FDA study looked at 800,000 women between 2001 and 2007, and involved the agency, Kaiser Permanente, Vanderbilt University and the University of Washington. Researchers found that, overall, drospirenone-based birth control pills increased the risk of blood clots, known as venous thromboembolic events (VTE), by 75 percent over pills using the progestin, levonorgestrel. It also doubled the risk of arterial thrombotic events (ATE), like heart attacks and strokes, in users who were new to birth control, and many of the health problems appear to come less than three months after beginning a Yaz or Yasmin birth control regimen.
The FDA study was published during the same week that a study released in the British Medical Journal found that the risk of blood clots doubled with Yaz, Yasmin and other newer birth control pills.
Connecticut Defective Birth Control Attorneys
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