Blood Clots and Strokes Are Linked to Birth Control Drugs Yaz and Yasmin
We have warned for some time about the dangers posed by certain birth control pills and devices but the serious complications and deaths keep occurring and a big drug company keeps on making money.
Last year DrugWatch noted how blood clots, strokes and a number of other dangerous side effects associated with the use of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills have now led to more than 10,000 lawsuits against Bayer Pharmaceuticals in the United States alone.
The lawsuits stem from the serious number of heart and blood disorders experienced by users of Yaz. Some of them have proved fatal.
Those who say they suffered from the use of Yaz and Yasmin and their families have been supported partially by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rulings that Bayer “trumped up some of the drugs’ uses in marketing and advertising campaigns and downplayed their side effects,” according to DrugWatch. The lawsuits have proliferated to the point that multidistrict legislation (MDL) is now in place to handle all of the related claims.
Back in December 2008, a Food and Drink Administration (FDA) panel backed the strengthening of warnings on YAZ birth control pill labels. The black-box warning – the most serious one the FDA uses – appears on all Yaz and Yasmin packaging. It cautions women who smoke about the elevated risk of serious cardiovascular side effects that may occur if they use either drug.
Bayer is also the manufacturer of an IUD contraception device that has given rise to hundreds of lawsuits. As many as 8.5 percent of American women use a long-term, reversible method of contraception such as an intrauterine device (IUD). It’s meant to prevent pregnancy for up to five years by emitting hormones after implantation and can be a more convenient option for women who experience difficulties in taking oral contraceptives on a daily basis.
Mirena has been in use in Europe since the early 1990s. However, the device has come under scrutiny due to its dangerous side effects and has resulted in many lawsuits claiming it is “defective and unreasonably dangerous.” Among the numerous claims of negligence, Bayer is accused of intentionally selling a hazardous product, deceptive advertising and concealing the risk of complications.
As many as 500 women are suing Bayer at present. Some women have reported serious complications, including life-threatening ectopic pregnancy – a pregnancy that occurs outside the uterus — perforation of their uterine wall, and a dangerous condition known as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). The women who are suing the manufacturer are claiming Mirena is defective and seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is dedicated to help people in Virginia and North Carolina who have been hurt by dangerous drugs or medical devices. See our information about suing a drug company over a dangerous drug. Call us for a free consultation at 757.455.0077.