All birth control pills carry some risk, but studies show that some carry more risk than others. According to recent studies, Yaz and Yasmin are considered to be among the most dangerous birth control pills out there. Women taking Yaz, Yasmin, or the generic equivalent Ocella, may be more likely to suffer dangerous, even deadly consequences, including blood clots, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, stroke, or serious liver damage. These risks have been downplayed by the drugs’ manufacturers during an aggressive marketing campaign, putting millions of women at risk.
If you or a loved one has been hurt by the pharmaceutical drugs Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, please contact us to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Are Different
Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella are different from other birth control pills. Although these pills are like other birth control pills in that they use a combination of two different hormones to prevent pregnancy, they are unique because one of the hormones used, the progestin drospirenone, is not used in any other birth control pills. The maker of Yaz and Yasmin, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc, has aggressively promoted the side benefits of the hormone (see below), and Barr Pharmaceuticals introduced its generic alternative hoping to capitalize on the promotion, but many women may have suffered dangerous or deadly consequences as a result of using this unique birth control formula.
Injuries Caused by Yaz/Yasmin and Ocella
Yaz and Yasmin were introduced in 2002, and since then women using these dangerous drugs have experienced an increased risk of blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. As early as 2003, doctors expressed concern about the danger of this unique birth control method, and since then the elevated risk has been confirmed by numerous studies. The most recent study, published in this year’s British Medical Journal, is a retrospective study that covers over 33 million woman-years, and shows that drospirenone may be twice as likely to lead to dangerous side effects as alternative birth control pills. Ocella contains the same active ingredients and may result in similar risks. These risks include:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Liver damage
- Overpromotion by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals
The danger posed to women by Yaz has been increased by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals’ aggressive promotion of the drug. In October 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals a warning letter saying that two of their television ads for Yaz contained misleading or untrue information. The letter accused Bayer of marketing Yaz for PMS, a condition it had never been tested or approved to treat, instead of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
In addition, the letter said that the TV ads understated the serious risks associated with the use of Yaz. The combination of aggressively promoting benefits and understating risks may have led to more women taking Yaz.
Since they were introduced, the FDA has received reports of more than 50 deaths associated with Yaz and Yasmin use. Many of those who died or suffered dangerous side effects had no other risk factors, were young and in good health. Some had been taking the contraceptive for as little as a few weeks.
If you have suffered an injury or lost a loved one as a result of taking Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, the experienced pharmaceutical injury attorneys at Techmeier Law Firm stand ready to help. Please call us at 800-242-1050 or use our online form to schedule a free case evaluation.