Side Effects of Yaz and Yasmin include life threatening blood clots like deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. Our law firm is currently working with experienced Yaz and Yasmin lawyers and there is no legal fee until you receive a settlement or award. Feel free to call us toll-free anytime or submit a contact form online.
Yasmin and Yaz (drospirenone) are birth control pills that control hormone levels and prevent pregnancy. The FDA first approved Yasmin in May 2001 and Yaz in October 2006. Both drugs are manufactured by Bayer. New information has linked these drugs and other drugs that contain drospirenone to serious blood clot complications. There have been allegations that women taking these birth control pills have required hospitalization and some serious cases have been linked to deaths.
Contraceptives containing drospirenone:
- Drospirenone and
Yaz Side Effects
In recent years, a number of contraceptives have been linked to an increased risk of complications. The most common Yasmin side effects include headache, nausea, and weight gain. In some cases, Yasmin and Yaz can increase the risk blood clots. The New York Times has reported on an Ohio woman suffered blood clots in both lungs causing her to lose partial use of her right lung. Read the article here. If you have suffered any of the following side effects of Yasmin, then you should to a personal injury lawyer about your legal options.
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Heart Attack
Medical Studies Reveal Serious Blood Clot Dangers
Since the release of these birth control pills, medical studies discovered stronger associations between drospirenone and dangerous blood clots. Bayer has also been reprimanded for its promotion of these drugs. In October 2008, the FDA issued a warning to Bayer for overstating the benefits of Yaz in its advertising. Read the warning letter here. And in August 2009, the British Medical Journal published a study, which found that women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone faced a 6.3-fold increased risk of venous thrombosis compared to women taking no birth control (i). In 2010, the Swiss television show “10vor10” searched the FDA’s adverse event database and discovered that Yasmin and Yaz were linked to 190 deaths (ii).
In April 2011, the British Medical Journal published a study, which found that birth control pills containing drospirenone increased the risk of dangerous blood clots by 93% in the first three months and 290% in about twelve months compared to women taking other birth control drugs (iii). And in October 2011, the FDA examined data from 835,826 women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone and determined that the drug increased the risk of blood clots by 74%. In the same month, the British Medical Journal published a study of 1.3 million women that found that women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone faced “at least twice the risk of venous thromboembolism” compared to women taking levonorgestrel (iv). Later in 2012, former FDA commissioner, David Kessler, testified that Bayer withheld safety information about Yasmin. He said, “Bayer presented a selective view of the data, and that presentation obscured the potential risks associated with Yasmin.” Read the Bloomberg article here.
Women who have suffered serious side effects have talked to Yaz lawyers and have filed thousands of lawsuits against Bayer. In October 2009, these suits were consolidated through process known as multidistrict litigation (MDL). The name of the consolidated case is “In Re: Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation – MDL 2100.” More than 11,000 legal actions have been included in this case and more than 10,000 of these actions are still pending (v). In October 2012, Bayer settled almost 3,500 Yasmin lawsuits for approximately $750 million. Read the article here. Additionally, it has recently been reported that Bayer has set aside $1.5 billion for the remaining cases.
Do You Need Legal Advice from a Yaz Lawyer?
If you or a loved one has suffered serious injuries due to taking these birth control pills, then you should talk to an attorney about your rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, or other losses. We are currently working with some of the more experienced Yasmin Lawyers, who are handling these cases, and there is no legal until you receive a settlement or award.
- (i) British Medical Journal, August 2009.
- (ii) CBS News, April 14, 2011.
- (iii) British Medical Journal, April 2011.
- (iv) British Medical Journal, October 2011.
- (v) Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Docket, July 10, 2013.