Birth control pills are one of the most widely prescribed forms of medication on the market. In fact, it is estimated that one hundred million women worldwide choose oral contraceptives as their preferred method of pregnancy prevention. Because these drugs are so popular, have been tested in clinical trials, and are approved by the FDA, most consumers assume that they must not only be effective, but safe as well. Unfortunately, many drugs currently on the market, including certain oral contraceptives like Ocella, have the potential to cause serious injury, although these risks are often concealed from the public. Ocella has been associated with an increased risk of severe medical conditions, including heart attack, stroke, gallbladder disease, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.
New drugs, including birth control pills, are required to undergo extensive testing before they can be approved by the FDA and enter the market. However, some drug manufacturing companies conceal the most serious side effects related to their medications in order to expedite the FDA approval process. The only way for consumers to determine the value of a medication is to compare all risks and benefits involved, but the deceptive practices of pharmaceutical companies rob consumers of their ability to do so. Despite the potential for serious injury resulting from the use of Ocella, the drug remains on the market. Unfortunately, it often takes a large number of cases of extreme injury, illness or death before the harmful nature of a drug will be considered serious enough for the drug to be recalled.
A pulmonary embolism occurs when the blood flow to the lung is restricted, causing a portion of the lung to become damaged and begin to die. Blockage of blood supply to an organ most often occurs as a result of a blood clot which can travel through the bloodstream from another part of the body and lodge itself in an artery. When a clot blocks blood flow of a pulmonary artery, a pulmonary embolism may occur. The most common symptoms of pulmonary embolism are:
A pulmonary embolism often goes undiagnosed, due to symptoms with are typically vague and unspecific, resulting in a shocking mortality rate of thirty to sixty percent.
Ocella is one of a handful of oral contraceptives classified as “fourth generation” combination birth control pills, meaning they contain both estrogen and a new synthetic form of progestin called drospirenone. According to the FDA, drospirenone is responsible for an increased risk of serious heart and health problems, including heart attack, stroke and blood clots. The dangers associated with Ocella have been apparent for several years. In 2009, an article published in the British Medical Journal indicated that individuals who consume drospirenone are 6.3 times more likely to develop abnormal blood clots than individuals who do not take drospirenone. Furthermore, drospirenone can increase the levels of potassium in the blood, leading to hyperkalemia, a condition that results in kidney failure and cardiac arrest.
The abnormal development of blood clots is extremely dangerous. If these blood clots break free, they can travel through the bloodstream to other parts of the body, and if they are big enough, can cut off the essential blow flow to the body’s vital organs. A blood clot that travels to the heart can cause a heart attack, a clot that restricts blood flow to the brain may result in a stroke, and a clot that lodges itself in an artery leading to the lung can cause a pulmonary embolism.
A pulmonary embolism is an extremely dangerous condition, which can lead to further complications, including permanent damage to the affected lung and damage to other organs due to lack of oxygen. Depending on the size of the blood clot, a pulmonary embolism can even be fatal. Victims of major injuries related to the use of Ocella are not at fault and deserve to receive reimbursement for their injuries. If you or a loved one has suffered from a pulmonary embolism and you believe Ocella to be the cause, you should contact an Ocella attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a defective drug lawsuit. A number of lawsuits are already pending against Ocella’s manufacturing company and hundreds of additional Ocella injury cases are currently being investigated across the country. Qualified Ocella attorneys are experienced in defective drug litigation and can help you collect the compensation you are entitled to.