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FDA Ties Yaz to Increased Blood Clot Risk

Safety concerns with Yaz and other popular birth control products have once again been called into question as federal health scientists reported that the contraceptives appear to increase the risk of dangerous blood clots more than older medications. On average, women taking Yaz had a 75% greater risk of experiencing a blood clot than women taking older birth control drugs. Yaz, Yasmin, and other drugs containing drospirenone were Bayer’s second best selling franchise last year, with $1.6 billion in global sales.

Yaz Lawsuit Update 7/31/12: The number of lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical giant Bayer on behalf of women allegedly injured by Yaz and Yasmin continues to grow by leaps and bounds around the country, as the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) for the cases recently surpassed asbestos as the largest in the nation. All of the complaints involve similar allegations which state that Bayer knew – or should have known – about the health risks involved with its blockbuster birth control pills, but that it failed to inform the public and medical communities about this risk.

Yaz Lawsuit Update 7/9/12: After nearly six months of settlement negotiations, Bayer has reportedly reached agreements with approximately 33 different law firms to resolve at least 1,444 Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits. All of the claims were filed on behalf of women who suffered blood clot-related injures after taking the company’s blockbuster birth control pills.

Yaz Lawsuit Update 6/18/12: Last month, a former Yaz user filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Bayer after she allegedly suffered blood clots leading to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE) event. The plaintiff claims she began using Yaz in November 2006 and subsequently developed blood clots from the drug leading to the PE in December 2009.

Yaz Lawsuit Update 5/2/12: For the third time this year, deadlines for lawsuits over side effects caused by Bayer’s controversial birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin have been extended another 90 days. The move, which was ordered by Chief Judge David R. Herndon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, allows settlement negotiations to continue between Bayer and plaintiff lawyers for the next three months.

Free Yaz Blood Clot Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking Yaz, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.

What’s the problem?

October 28, 2011 – A new study released by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reviewed the medical history of more than 800,000 American women taking a variety of popular contraceptives between 2001 and 2007. The research found that, on average, women taking Yaz had a staggering 75% greater chance of experiencing a life-threatening blood clot than women taking older birth control products containing levonorgestrel.

As its active ingredients, Yaz contains estrogen (which is present in all forms of birth control pills) and a newly-developed synthetic hormone known as drospirenone, which has been shown to increase potassium levels in the blood. The study compared medical records of women taking contraceptives containing drospirenone with those taking levonorgestrel.

The FDA also found significantly higher side effects in women using Johnson & Johnson’s Ortho Evra patch and Merck’s NuvaRing vaginal ring. These contraceptives combine estrogen with two other recently developed synthetic hormones.

The administration has yet to make a final determination regarding the drugs’ safety profile, but has scheduled a meeting with a panel of independent scientific advisors for December 8th.

A number of public watchdog groups and consumer safety advocates have openly criticized the FDA for allowing newer, more expensive contraceptives on the market when cheaper, generic medications with confirmed safety records are widely available.

“At a certain point we have to ask why the FDA continues to approve drugs that are less safe and have no benefit compared to drugs already on the market,” said Dr. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Women and Families, a consumer group for women’s health issues. “With all these different birth control options, why take the most expensive one that can also kill you?”

Another study published earlier this week in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that women taking Yaz and other drospirenone-containing birth control products had more than twice the risk for blood clots as women taking contraceptives containing levonorgestrel.

Back in 2009, the FDA took the unprecedented step of requiring Bayer to launch a corrective ad campaign for Yaz, stating that the company’s marketing tactics misled the public about the drug’s ability to prevent acne and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Side Effects of Drospirenone

The drospirenone contained in newer birth control products may lead to the following side effects:

  • Blood Clots
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
  • Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
  • Hyperkalemia
  • Stroke
  • Seizures
  • Kidney Failure
  • Cerebrovascular Accidents (CVA)
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Hepatic Adenomas
  • Heart Attack
  • Myocardial Infarction
  • Death

If you are taking drospirenone

Before taking any birth control product containing drospirenone, make sure to tell your doctor about any medications you may be taking simultaneously. Notify your physician immediately if you have experienced any of the following health issues:

  • adrenal insufficiency
  • high blood pressure (hypertension)
  • diabetes
  • migraine headaches
  • cancer
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin / whites of the eyes)
  • gallbladder disease
  • high cholesterol
  • depression
  • a history of blood clots or a clotting disorder
  • a history of heart attack / stroke
  • liver / kidney disease
  • unexplained vaginal bleeding

Do I Have a Yaz Blood Clot Lawsuit?

The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Yaz lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new blood clot cases in all 50 states.

Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed a blood clot after using Yaz, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.

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