A number of studies in recent years have indicated a connection between the oral contraceptive drug, Ocella, and an increased risk of several major health conditions, including deep vein thrombosis. Ocella is currently manufactured by Barr Laboratories and was approved by the FDA in 2008 as a form of pregnancy prevention, although the drug is also commonly used for off-label purposes including moderate acne treatment and treatment of the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Ocella is one of a small group of drugs known as “fourth generation” combination birth control pills, meaning it contains both estrogen and a new synthetic form of progestin called drospirenone.
Despite its harmful nature, Ocella has become increasingly popular in recent years, due in large part to the lack of information provided to consumers regarding the drug. Unfortunately, the public is exposed to the negligent and deceptive practices of drug manufacturing companies on a daily basis, some of which intentionally conceal the harmful side effects of their medications in order to guarantee FDA approval. This robs individuals of their right to accurate drug information, making it impossible for consumers to make educated decisions about their medications. Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition which can cause life-threatening complications for an affected individual, and victims of DVT resulting from pharmaceutical use deserve reimbursement for their injuries.
Deep vein thrombosis, also known as DVT, is a condition in which blood clots form in one or more of the deep veins in the body, most often in the leg. The development of blood clots is extremely dangerous because if the clot breaks free, it can travel through the bloodstream to any part of the body, causing major complications. If a blood clot is large enough, it can restrict the flow of blood in an artery, potentially cutting off blood supply to the body’s vital organs. A blood clot that lodges itself in a coronary artery can cause a heart attack, a clot that travels to the brain can result in a stroke, and a clot that blocks blood flow to the lungs can cause a pulmonary embolism. Common symptoms of DVT include:
A number of studies have revealed a connection between the use of Ocella and deep vein thrombosis, based largely on the harmful nature of the drug’s progestin ingredient, drospirenone. According to the FDA, drospirenone has the potential to cause significant medical issues, including stroke, heart attack and the abnormal development of blood clots. In fact, a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2009 indicates that individuals who take Ocella are 6.3 times as likely to develop a life-threatening blood clot than individuals who do not consume drospirenone. Ocella and its brand-name counterparts, Yaz and Yasmin, all contain drospirenone and are considered to be some of the most dangerous birth control pills on the market today. Despite these dangers, the FDA has not issued a recall of the medications, and consumers continue to unknowingly expose themselves to harmful side effects by taking Ocella.
Most consumers understand that no drug is one hundred percent safe and that many medications are accompanied by side effects, although these side effects are typically minor and unlikely to cause significant harm. However, pharmaceutical companies that employ deceptive practices in the manufacture and promotion of their product, or that fail to disclose the harmful side effects associated with their drugs, put consumers at risk of developing serious disorders, including DVT. Victims of DVT associated with the use of Ocella are not at fault, and negligent pharmaceutical companies should be held accountable for the harmful side effects associated with their medications. The only way to stand up to a big drug company is to consult with an Ocella attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a defective drug lawsuit. A number of Ocella lawsuits are already pending against the drug’s manufacturing company and hundreds of additional Ocella injury cases are currently being investigated across the country. If you or a loved one has suffered from DVT and you believe Ocella to be the cause, contact an Ocella lawyer to collect the compensation you are entitled to.