A study of nearly three million women taking the newest and most popular contraceptives, particularly Yaz birth control pills, between 1997 and 2009, found a small, but statistically significant risk of gallbladder disease. Yaz, manufactured by Bayer, is a combination of drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol and has also been associated with other side effects such as blood clots, heart problems and seizures.
Several Studies Show Adverse Effects
Another recent report on Bnet, about 190 women have died after taking Yaz and its predecessor Yasmin. The Swiss media says that Bayer is facing a shareholder motion condemning its marketing of these two contraceptive pill brands.
Further, two new studies show women who take these defective products with the newer hormone, drospirenone, have a higher risk for developing potentially serious blood clots than women who take pills that have the older hormone levonorgestrel. Women in the studies took oral contraceptives containing drospirenone such as Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Gianvi and Zarah. These medications increased the risk of nonfatal blood clots by two to three times, the studies said.
There are several counter studies that dispute these findings. Bayer has denied reports detailing the deadly effects of these contraceptives, and say that they are perfectly safe. Yasmin (approved by the FDA in 2001) and Yaz (approved by the FDA in 2006) are birth control medications manufactured by Bayer Healthcare. Ocella, is the generic form which is marketed and distributed by Teva Pharmaceuticals and was approved by the FDA in 2008.
Dangerous and Defective Drugs
Even though these medications can be an effective means of birth control, these recent studies underscore the importance of giving women the information they need to make an informed decision. It is the drug maker’s responsibility to inform consumers about all the potential health risks and side effects associated with what could be dangerous or defective products. Some of the known side effects of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella include blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, liver tumors and gallbladder disease.
If you or a loved one has experienced serious health problems or side effects associated with Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, please contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who will fight for your rights and ensure that the manufacturer of these dangerous and defective drugs is held accountable. The best pharmaceutical litigation attorneys will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.
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