Approximately one hundred million women worldwide use oral contraceptives as their preferred method of birth control, and there are a number of birth control pills currently on the market, many of which have the potential to cause serious harm to consumers. Unfortunately, consumers may be unaware of the dangerous aspects of certain drugs, due to inadequate information from the drug manufacturing company. Before a new drug can enter the market, it must undergo extensive testing in order to be approved by the FDA. These clinical trials ensure that the drug is not only effective, but safe as well. However, some pharmaceutical companies conceal the most serious side effects associated with their drugs in order to ensure the FDA’s approval. Not only does this deceptive practice defeat the purpose of the required testing process, but it also leaves consumers uninformed and at risk for developing serious illness and injury.
Many of these medications may already have restrictions imposed upon them by the FDA, but they still remain on the market despite their potential for causing significant harm. In fact, some of these drugs are so dangerous that their risks may actually outweigh their benefits. For example, Yasmin, a birth control pill manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Inc., boasts effective prevention of pregnancy, as well as some off-label benefits including moderate acne control and treatment of symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder. However, a number of studies have linked Yasmin with the development of serious, life-threatening health conditions like heart attack, stroke, gallbladder disease, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.
Yasmin has been heavily marketed to women as a safe and effective form of birth control. However, ongoing research has uncovered a significant link between Yasmin and severe adverse side effects, including heart attack, stroke, gallbladder disease, DVT and pulmonary embolism. The main source of Yasmin’s danger is believed to be one of its active ingredients, a hormone called drospirenone. According to the FDA, drospirenone may cause serious heart and health problems, including blood clots, heart attack and stroke. In fact, according to an alarming study published in the British Medical Journal, individuals who take drospirenone are 6.3 times more likely to develop blood clots, such as in deep vein thrombosis.
Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot is formed in one of the deep veins of the body, usually in the leg. Blood clots are extremely dangerous because if they break loose they can travel through the blood stream and, depending on their size, cut off the blood supply to vital organs. A blood clot that blocks blood flow to the brain may cause a stroke, a clot that travels to the heart may cause a heart attack, and blockage of blood supply to the lung can cause a pulmonary embolism. The danger of drospirenone is that it increases the level of potassium in the blood which can cause hyperkalemia, a condition known to lead to cardiac arrest and kidney failure. Drospirenone may also contribute to an increased level of cholesterol in the bile secreted from the liver, which can result in gallstones and gallbladder disease.
The FDA has sent several warning letters to Bayer criticizing the company for participating in dishonest and misleading marketing and manufacturing practices regarding Yasmin. In 2008, the FDA approached Bayer about deceptive television advertisements which portrayed Yasmin as superior to other combination oral contraceptives, while also minimizing the adverse side effects associated with the drug. In 2009, the FDA accused Bayer of using an inadequate testing method for batches of Yasmin in a German manufacturing facility. According to the FDA, the facility was averaging reports instead of reporting results for individual batches, meaning some batches were outside the parameters required by law. At least eight of these batches were shipped to the United States.
Unfortunately consumers are made vulnerable to the misleading practices of drug manufacturing companies on a daily basis. By misrepresenting their products and preventing consumers from acquiring adequate drug information, pharmaceutical companies rob consumers of their right to make educated decisions regarding their prescription medications. Only with accurate risk and benefit information can consumers truly decide whether a medication is safe for them to take. The only way to stand up against the negligent practices of big drug companies and receive reimbursement for your injuries is to file a Yasmin lawsuit.
A number of Yasmin lawsuits are already pending against Bayer and hundreds of other Yasmin injury cases are being investigated. These lawsuits address the negligence of Bayer in the following areas:
The side effects associated with Yasmin are extremely dangerous and potentially fatal. Health conditions like heart attack and stroke can leave a victim mentally and physically incapacitated, permanently paralyzed and incapable of speech. Victims of serious injuries related to the use of Yasmin are not at fault and should contact a Yasmin attorney to discuss the benefits of filing a lawsuit. If you or a loved one has suffered from a heart attack, stroke, or any other serious injury as a result of taking Yasmin, an experienced Yasmin lawyer can help you collect the compensation you are entitled to.