There is a large variety of medications currently on the market which have been approved to prevent pregnancy in women who choose to use an oral contraceptive. Unfortunately, many of these drugs have been associated with serious injury, illness and even death, dangerous side effects that many women are not aware of. While some of these medications may already have restrictions imposed upon them by the FDA, many dangerous drugs remain on the market despite their potential for causing significant injury. In fact, many drugs currently on the market are so hazardous that their potential for causing unreasonable harm may even outweigh their possible benefits.
Before a new drug can enter the market, it must undergo extensive testing and be approved by the FDA. However, some drug manufacturing companies intentionally conceal the most serious side effects of their medications in order to expedite the FDA approval process, thereby putting consumers unknowingly at risk for developing life-threatening and potentially fatal health conditions. Consumers have the right to make educated decisions about their medications based upon all the risks and benefits involved, but without accurate information from drug manufacturing companies, consumers are robbed of this right.
It is estimated that one hundred million women worldwide use oral contraceptives as their preferred method of birth control. Ocella is one of a small group of combination birth control pills which have been heavily marketed to women as a safe and effective method of pregnancy prevention. However, Ocella has recently been linked to a number of severe and potentially fatal health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, gallbladder disease, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. The dangerous nature of Ocella is believed to be due to one of its active ingredients, drospirenone. According to the FDA, drospirenone increases the level of potassium in the blood, leading to hyperkalemia, a condition which may result in heart attack, stroke and blood clots. In fact, according to a 1999 study published in the British Medical Journal, individuals who consume drospirenone are more than six times as likely to develop blood clots than individuals who do not take drospirenone.
The abnormal development of blood clots can be extremely dangerous, such as in the case of deep vein thrombosis. Even though blood clots in DVT are typically formed in the leg, if they break free, they can travel through the bloodstream to any part of the body, lodging themselves in an artery and causing significant damage. A blood clot that travels to the brain can cause a stroke, a clot that blocks blood flow to the heart may result in a heart attack, and a clot that restricts blood supply to the lungs can cause a pulmonary embolism. Furthermore, recent studies have indicated that drospirenone may increase the levels of cholesterol in the bile secreted from the liver, resulting in the development of gallstones and gallbladder disease.
Drospirenone-based oral contraceptives, like Ocella, have been the subject of several warning letters composed by the FDA regarding the manufacturing, promotion and marketing of these drugs, as well as the failure of the drug manufacturing companies to adequately warn consumers of the dangers associated with these medications. Ocella, Yaz and Yasmin have been the subject of major speculation following the FDA warning letters and a number of studies which have appeared in recent years. The most dangerous aspect of Ocella, aside from the drug’s use of drospirenone, is the existence of deceptive television advertisements which have over-emphasized the benefits of Ocella and minimized the drug’s serious side effects, intentionally misleading millions of women regarding the safety of the drug.
Since its inception, Ocella has become one of the most popular and widely used forms of birth control in the U.S. Unfortunately, the side effects linked to the drug have the potential to cause serious illness, injury and even death. Victims of serious side effects related to the use of Ocella are not at fault. Drug manufacturing companies should be held accountable for the risks associated with their medications and the injuries sustained by consumers who take them. The only way to stand up to the deceptive practices of big drug companies and receive reimbursement for your injuries is to contact an Ocella attorney and discuss the benefits of filing a lawsuit.
Many Ocella lawsuits have already been filed against the drug’s manufacturing company and a number of additional Ocella injury claims are being reviewed throughout the United States. Major criticism has been directed towards Barr’s failure to disclose the harmful side effects of Ocella. If you or a loved one has suffered from a heart attack, stroke, gallbladder disease, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or other Ocella-related injury, contact an Ocella lawyer for legal guidance. Qualified Ocella attorneys are experienced in defective drug litigation and have the knowledge and tools necessary to help you collect the compensation you are entitled to.