Yasmin and Yaz Blood Clot Dangers
Colson Hicks Eidson has extensive experience representing victims in products liability actions who have suffered personal injury from taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Experienced Pharmaceutical Lawyers Handling Nationwide Yaz Lawsuit Cases
Pharmaceutical giant Bayer is facing nearly 10,000 lawsuits related to Yaz birth control and its sister drug, Yasmin. Several studies have suggested a link between the drugs and dangerous blood clots.
Since 2006, millions of women have turned to Yaz for their birth control needs. Yaz was approved to treat acne and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Yaz quickly became a top seller for Bayer, surpassing other oral contraceptives on the market by 2008. However, it did not take long for this new generation’s birth control pill to come under heavy scrutiny after numerous studies revealed it might increase women’s risk for blood clots.
Women who have suffered blood clots while taking Yaz can consult our drug injury lawyers for help recovering their losses. Respected as a leader in products liability litigation, our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of women who have suffered adverse health effects from this dangerous drug.
Potentially Dangerous Yaz Side Effects
Yaz contains drospirenone, a synthetic progestin that has a diuretic effect. Like other diuretics, drospirenone can cause excess potassium to accumulate in the blood, a condition known as hyperkalemia.
Higher-than-normal potassium levels can disturb heart rhythms and cause blood clots, leading to:
- Heart attack
- Pulmonary embolism (PE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Cardiac arrest
- Gallbladder disease
Does Yaz Cause Blood Clots?
Several studies have suggested Yaz increases the risk for blood clots:
- One study involving 329,995 women in Israel found the blood clot risk for patients taking drospirenone-containing birth control pills is over 40 percent higher than that of patients taking other birth control pills.
- The British Medical Journal published a study suggesting that birth control pills containing drospirenone may double a woman’s risk of developing blood clots in the lungs.
- A study funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) involving over 800,000 women in the United States found the risk of blood clots for women taking new generation pills with drospirenone is approximately 1.5 times greater than the blood clot risk for women taking older birth control pills.
Is Yaz Recalled or Banned?
Despite growing concerns about Yaz, an FDA advisory committee decided on Dec. 8, 2011, that the drug’s overall benefits outweigh its potential risks, though the panel did vote in favor of requiring stronger label warnings. No mandatory drug recall of Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella has been issued.
Until Yaz and other drospirenone-containing birth control pills are pulled from the U.S. market, our pharmaceutical lawyers at the nationally recognized law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson will continue to stand up for women harmed by Yaz or Yasmin.
Is There a Yaz Settlement?
Bayer has set aside over $1 billion in Yaz settlements to thousands of women who suffered heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis as a result of using Yaz or Yasmin. These cases are being evaluated on an individual basis. Thousands more Yaz side effect cases are still being considered for inclusion in the Yaz settlement.
Contact Our Yaz Lawsuit Attorneys Today
Our team of attorneys has the knowledge, experience and resources to successfully obtain verdicts and settlements for women harmed by Yaz and other drospirenone-containing medications. We have a long history of effectively handling products liability lawsuits involving both individual plaintiffs and class action and multidistrict litigation.