The birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin (drospirenone), has been linked to an increased risk of serious Yaz side effects such as blood clots leading to heart attack and stroke. We are working with some of the leading dangerous drug lawyers in the United States. A claim and/or Yaz lawsuit can be filed on your behalf and there is no fee until you receive an award or a settlement. Contact us for a free consultation online or toll free at 1-800-992-6878.
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Yasmin (Yaz) Birth Control Drugs linked to Strokes & Heart Attacks
Yaz/Yasmin and similar birth control drugs have been linked to serious side effects, including STROKES, HEART ATTACKS, and DEATH. Yasmin was introduced in 2001 and Yaz was approved in 2006. There are also several different generic versions of this oral contraceptive that are currently on the market, including: Yasmin, Ocella, Bayez, Gianvi, Zarah, Syeda, or Loryne.
Serious side effects linked to YAZ and similar BIRTH CONTROL DRUGS include:
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels through the bloodstream to the main artery of the lung. A pulmonary embolism is life threatening if not treated immediately.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in a vein, most often in the legs. If left untreated, the blood clot can break loose and travel to other parts of the body, which can lead to a pulmonary embolism, stroke, or death.
- Stroke – A stroke can be caused by a blockage in an artery, which leads to a disruption in the blood flow to the brain. A stroke can cause paralysis, loss of function, or even death.
Yaz and the similar medications listed above are once-daily oral contraceptives. They are designed to prevent pregnancy in women, but are sometimes also prescribed to treat symptoms of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and moderate acne. One of the key hormones in these birth control medications is DRSP (drospirenone), which increases potassium levels and can lead to serious heart conditions and death.
Yasmin (Yaz) Side Effects
Like many birth control drugs, Yaz and Yasmin are associated with certain dangerous side effects that can lead to long periods of hospitalization and medical care, or even death. These side effects can cause severe injuries and may allow individuals to recover damages for the injuries caused by these drugs.
Blood clots have long been known to be a side effect of many birth control pills. These include many of the combined oral contraceptive pills that have existed since the 1970s. Yaz and Yasmin are based on a combination of certain hormones is prescribed for birth control and also certain other hormonal effects.
Three of the most dangerous side effects of Yaz / Yasmin include the following:
- Deep Vein Thrombosis: A blood clod that develops in one of the “deep veins” of the leg.
Many times these do not cause a particular problem, but can lead to painful blockages of veins
leading to swelling and swollen veins. In order to clear these blockages, a hospital visit
may be necessary.
- Pulmonary Embolism: A pulmonary embolism develops when a clot that first formed in other
parts of the body come loose and travels to the vessels leading to the heart or one of the
many vessels in the lungs. These can cause injuries and lead to heart attacks and other
- Strokes: A stroke is when a blood clod forms in the brain. This occurs when a blood clot
blocks a blood vessel in the brain, and can lead to long-term or even permanent brain
damage, or death.
Yasmin (Yaz) Medical Studies
According to a study of 1.3 million women conducted over a period of nine years, the risks of potentially dangerous blood clots may be higher than previously thought, and even higher than other birth control drugs. Many birth control pills have been linked to blood clots since they were initially introduced, but this study links Yaz/Yasmin and other birth control drugs to a greatly increased risk of clots.
The study that took place over nine years and involved 1.3 million women showed that there was a six-fold increase in the risk of venous thromboembolism in women using Yaz or Yasmin. This is double the risk faced by women taking other birth control pills based on a combination of different hormones. These blood clots can be dangerous. While they may begin in the deep veins of the leg as a deep vein thromboses, they can become loose in the bloodstream as a venous thromboembolism. These can travel through the heart and cause a heart attack, or even block a blood vessel in the brain and cause a stroke.
These side effects can be serious and lead to permanent disability or death. If you or a loved on has suffered these injuries, you may be able to recover monetary damages for the injuries caused by this drug.
Drug Manufacturer Settling Yaz / Yasmin Lawsuits
Bayer, Inc., the company that produces the birth control pills known as Yaz and Yasmin (drospirenone), had agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements for injuries that may have been caused by use of these drugs. This may be good news for individuals who have been injured by these drugs. This comes after an April 2012 settlement in which Bayer agreed to pay at least $110 million to settle over 500 lawsuits.
This settlement was not reached in court but, according to a report from Bloomberg News (read here), was reached through mediation with an Illinois law firm and representatives of the drug company. Mediation can be a much more productive and simpler way of reaching a settlement than going to trial, and can reach a final settlement much faster than having a full trial in court.
Lawsuits can be an effective tool for individuals who have been injured because of a defective drug. There may often be no other way to recover damages for the injuries individuals have suffered because of injuries caused by a defective drug. A dangerous drugs attorney may be able to help you.
About Yasmin (Yaz) Manufacturer
Located in Wuppertal Germany, Bayer AG is one of the largest multinational corporations that focuses on healthcare and medical drugs and products. Although technically a holding company, Bayer AG operates through several functional departments and numerous subsidiaries. The division known as Bayer HealthCare, which specializes in the research and manufacturing of medicines, is broken down further into 4 sub-divisions. The women's birth-control pill, Yaz (or Yasmin) falls under the division of General Medicine within the Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceutical division. This particular division was formed in one of the biggest takeovers in the healthcare industry when Bayer purchased the pharmaceutical research company, Schering AG, in 2006 for $19.8 billion dollars.
Although normally associated with being the first producer of Aspirin, other common medicines marketed by Bayer HealthCare include, among many others, Aleve, One-A-Day Men's and Women's, Levitra, Yaz or Yasmin, and Nexar.
Given the size and number of popular drugs marketed by Bayer, it has been the subject of many lawsuits during its history. The decision by Bayer to settle over 12,000 claims against it regarding Yasmin's link to heart attacks and stroke for over $420 million dollars is just one of many examples of Bayer opting to settle large consolidated lawsuits against it rather than going to court. In fact, in July 2012, Bayer also settled $150 million in regard to claims that it had illegally marketed its Aspirin products that was mixed with supplements.
In the "Legal Risks" section of its 2011 Annual Report, Bayer lists the amount of outstanding lawsuits pending against it for defective drugs alone. With the report's admission that there were 11,300 Yasmin claims against Bayer at that point, the report lists that there were over 130 lawsuits regarding Magnevist and 360 lawsuits regarding Traylol. In addition to defective drug claims against it, Bayer was also involved in patent infringement disputes concerning Yasmin and Yaz, Beyaz, Betaferon, Levitra, and for some of its blood glucose monitoring devices.
PLEASE SPEAK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE DISCONTINUING USE OF YAZ OR ANY OTHER PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION
Contact the Law Offices of d'Oliveira & Associates, P.C.
If you believe that you or one of your loved ones have been injured by Yaz or similar birth control drugs, you may want to speak with a personal injury attorney regarding a potential claim. An injury lawyer familiar with new developments in the investigation of oral contraceptives such as YAZ may be able to help you make important personal and legal decisions. d’Oliveira & Associates, P.C. is working with some of the leading lawyers in the country who are handling these cases.
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