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Lawyers / Attorneys: Evaluating Nationwide Yaz® / Yasmin® Injuries & Deaths

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The Fox Law Firm is Reviewing Potential Yaz® and Yasmin® Claims.

Yaz® and Yasmin® are now involved in multiple federal lawsuits.  The popular birth control pills have been potentially linked to blood clots, pulmonary embolism, strokes, and heart attacks.

In October of 2008, a warning letter was sent by the Food and Drug Administration to Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in response to claims the company had made for Yaz®, a very popular and heavily promoted birth control pill.

The warning letter alleged that Yaz® has additional risks compared to other birth control pills because it contains drospirenone, a progestin hormone that can increase potassium levels.

Among the serious and debilitating injuries reported from drospirenone in birth control are heart attacks, blood clots, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms. Some people have even died.

The FDA is alleged to have received more reports of serious side effects for Yaz® and Yasmin® than other birth control pills that have been on the market much longer.

Yaz® and Yasmin®

Yaz® and Yasmin® are birth control pills, containing a combination of the hormones estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (drospirenone).

The only difference between these two drugs is the amount of estrogen that they contain. Yasmin® contains 30 mcg estrogen per dose; Yaz®, 20 mcg. The drugs prevent pregnancy by preventing ovulation and by changes caused in the lining of the uterus; it becomes harder for a sperm to reach the uterus and also makes it harder for an egg that is fertilized to attach to the lining of the uterus.

Yaz® and Yasmin® have three FDA-approved uses: Pregnancy prevention, alleviation of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and treatment of moderate acne in women who would want to use an oral contraceptive for birth control. 

In 2008, Yaz® was the top-selling birth control pill in the United States. Yasmin® and Yaz® dominate the contraceptive market in the US, with an estimated 25% market share.

Yaz® / Yasmin® Side-Effects

The most commonly reported side-effects to Yaz® and Yasmin® are relatively mild, such as decrease in sex drive, weight gain, nausea and vomiting, headaches, susceptibility to yeast infections, vaginal discharge, and breakthrough bleeding or spotting.

However, very severe and even fatal responses to the drug have been reported. Some of these are:

• Blood clots
• PE - Pulmonary embolism
• Heart attack
• Strokes
• DVT - Deep vein thrombosis 
• Liver Failure
• Pancreatitis
• Gall bladder problems
• Kidney and other organ failure
• Dehydration, elevated potassium levels and/or severe cardiac arrhythmias

Each tablet of Yaz®/Yasmine® contains 3 mg drospirenone, a progestin hormone. According to the FDA, drospirenone can lead to hyperkalemia, a condition caused by excessive amounts of potassium in the blood of high risk patients, resulting in potentially serious heart and health problems.

If you or a loved one have been prescribed Yaz® or Yasmin® and have experienced any of these symptoms, please contact us immediately for a free consultation. Consult with your physician before you stop taking any medications, including Yaz and Yasmin®.

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