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Yasmin and Yaz Linked to 23 Deaths: What Risks Are Associated with Birth Control?

Written by Ankin Law Office

Contraceptive health is a subject that women take very seriously. There are several options available for women as a means of preventing pregnancy, including birth control pills, intra-uterine devices, Nuvaring, and surgical methods. Each birth control method comes with its own risks, however, so women should consult with their doctor before making a decision.

Yasmin and Yaz are two popular birth control pills that have come under fire lately. Yasmin and Yaz have both been linked to the deaths of 23 women in Canada. According to this article, the women died of blood clots that doctors and health officials believe were caused by Yaz and Yasmin. More than half of the reported deaths were women under 26, with the youngest age 14.

Thousands of lawsuits have already been filed against Bayer Healthercare, the manufacturer of Yasmin and Yaz. Plaintiffs allege that the drospirenone contained in Yaz and Yasmin caused serious medical problems, including blood clots, stroke, heart attack, gall bladder disease, and pancreatitis. In 2012, Bayer settled 70 of these lawsuits. In 2011, the FDA reported that women who have taken Yaz experienced a 75% chance of developing a blood clot and that use of drospirenone birth control pills doubles the risk of thrombo-embolism and strokes in new birth control pill users.

Bayer is currently fighting the certification of the first Canadian class action suit, which alleges women died or were injured by Yaz and Yasmin, and is scheduled to appear in court on September 4, 2013.

Other birth control methods come with their own risks, as well. For instance, NuvaRing – a flexible polyethylene ring inserted into the vagina, containing a combination of estrogen and progestin that are absorbed and released directly into the bloodstream in a low steady dose – has been associated with an increased risk of blood clots, as well. Because of its association with serious, and even deadly, blood clots, NuvaRing’s manufacturer, Merck, has been named in more than 700 lawsuits throughout the country, most of which have been consolidated into a multidistrict litigation with bellwether cases expected to go to trial in July 2013.

The Ortho Evra Patch has been associated with various health problems, including strokes, blood clots, heart attacks, myocardial infarction and gallbladder disease.

Given the risks and benefits associated with Yaz and Yasmin, Ortho Evra, and NuvaRing, women should seek the advice of a medical professional before making decisions about which birth control method is the most appropriate.

The Chicago Yasmin litigation attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC have significant experience representing clients in product liability lawsuits, including class action cases and unsafe pharmaceutical litigation. If you have suffered serious side effects or health problems as a result of Yasmin, Yaz, Ortho Evra, NuvaRing, or other birth control method, our skilled Illinois unsafe pharmaceutical attorneys can help you with any product liability lawsuit you may have. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our Chicago unsafe drug attorneys.

Categories: Medical Malpractice