Yasmin Lawsuits and Yaz Injury
Anyone who experienced DBT, a blood clot or pulmonary embolism as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills is entitled to reimbursement for your harms and losses. If you have suffered an injury while taking Yaz or Yasmin, you are urged to speak with a Yaz personal injury attorney about your legal rights.
Yaz and Yasmin have been receiving Food and Drug Administration Warning Letters for nearly ten years. Yaz and Yasmin, oral contraceptives, contain drospirenone. Drospirenone is a synthetic hormone used in birth control pills and causes serious health problems including thrombosis, blood clots, stroke and heart attacks. The German drug company Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, who manufactures Yaz and Yasmin, settled approximately 3,500 claims at a total cost of $750 million.
FDA Warnings – Yaz & Yasmin
The Food and Drug Administration warned the drug company Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals for misleadingly suggesting that Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills were safer than what has been demonstrated by evidence or clinical findings. The Food and Drug Administration sent several letters to the company highlighting the risks involved, such as hyperkalemia (condition in which the concentration of the electrolyte potassium in the blood is elevated) in high risk patients and the failure to spell out that risk.
FDA Warning 2003 – Yas and Yasmin
The warning was spurred by a TV commercial for Yaz and Yasmin claiming that the contraceptives were superior to other products. The risk information was minimized and the Food and Drug Administration said that the TV advertisement raised public safety and health concerns.
FDA Warning 2008 – Yaz and Yasmin
The Food and Drug Administration sent the second warning letter to the German drug company Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals regarding two TV advertisements overstating the efficacy of the birth control pills and again minimizing the risks linked to Yaz and Yasmin. Lawsuits claim that the warnings were inadequate in describing the potential health risks.
FDA Warning 2009 – Yaz and Yasmin
Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals failed to disclose any potential health risk for Yaz and Yasmin on Google sponsored search results and internet advertising. The letter to Bayer stated that the company misleadingly suggested that YAZ and Yasmin, Levitra and Mirena are safer than what has been demonstrated. The Food and Drug Administration further stated that it is inadequate to lessen the misleading exclusion of risk information from marketing strategies and campaigns.
Safety Announcement by Food and Drug Administration
The United States Food and Drug Administration informed the public about the concerns regarding the potential dangers and risks associated with the use of contraceptives containing drospirenone. In addition, the FDA published a study “Combined Hormonal Contraceptives and the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Endpoints” during October 2011. The Food and Drug Administration reviewed several studies that evaluated the use of contraceptives containing drospirenone and had a meeting with the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee at the end of 2011. The main goal of the meeting was to discuss the health risks caused by drospirenone. Although the Food and Drug Administration announced the risks of taking drospirenone, women should consult with healthcare professionals before deciding on oral contraceptives.
Yaz and Yasmin Linked to Blood Clot Injuries
Drospirenone, found in Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills, is a synthetic hormone. Drospirenone in contraceptives pills increase potassium to dangerous levels and women who take these pills have a six-fold risk of developing blood clots (thromboembolism). Thromboembolism is the formation in a blood vessel of a clot, or thrombus, which breaks loose and is carried by the blood stream to plug another vessel.
Yaz is the best-selling oral contraceptive in the United States. The Food and Drug Administration recently updated the label for birth control pills containing drospirenone. The updated labels urge women to stop the use of pills containing drospirenone before and after surgery. The public is also warned that the pills have a risk of dangerous blood clots.
FDA Recall – Yaz and Yasmin
The Food and Drug Administration received many reports of injuries and more than fifty reports of death of women who used the birth control pills, Yaz and Yasmin. Towards the end of 2011 the Food and Drug Administration selected an advisory board and discussed the risks of Yaz. The group voted fifteen to eleven and the benefits outweighed the risks. It later came to light that four of the board members had financial ties to the drug company Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.
Lawsuits – Yaz and Yasmin
In October 2011, the British Medical Journal published a study of the University of Copenhagen. The study emphasized the increased risk of blood clots in women using Yaz and Yasmin. The Food and Drug Administration published research done on more than 800,000 women that showed that birth control pills containing drospirenone increase the risk of dangerous blood clots, pulmonary embolism and DVT by seventy-four percent.
The German drug company Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, who manufactures Yaz and Yasmin, settled approximately 3,500 claims at a total cost of $750 million. The lawsuits will cost Bayer an estimated $1.2 billion.
Speak to a Yaz Lawyer About Your Claim
Any woman who experienced a blood clot, DBT or pulmonary embolism caused by Yaz or Yasmin birth contraceptives, is urged to speak with an attorney about their legal options. You may qualify to file a Yaz or Yasmin lawsuit.
More than 10,000 women filed Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits. In the beginning of the Yaz trials, Judge David Herndon facilitated a settlement between Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and the victims in a federal court in Illinois. Experts estimate that Yaz and Yasmin were prescribed to almost 100 million women.
It is strongly recommended to speak to an attorney who has experience fighting drug companies. Yaz and Yasmin injuries are complex legal matters that require a fight against large pharmaceutical companies. A pharmaceutical injury attorney is available to provide information to Yaz and Yasmin injury victims 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To speak to a Yasmin drug lawyer, call 855-55-BAD-DRUG, or 314-409-7060.