Recent studies have linked the progestin hormone drospirenone, which is used in the popular birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin to an increased risk of blood clots.
Blood clots, which are hardened clusters of blood, are a natural defense mechanism of the body that can be used to heal wounds and repair injured blood vessels. However, they can also form unnecessarily as a result of drug side effects, such as with Yaz blood clots.
When a blood clot breaks free, it can travel through the bloodstream to the heart, lungs, brain or other organs, causing serious injury or even death.
If you have taken these birth control drugs, it is important to monitor for symptoms of Yaz blood clots, which can include:
So far, thousands of women have filed Yaz lawsuits for blood clot-related injuries such as DVT, stroke and pulmonary embolism. Bayer, the maker of Yaz, recently announced that they would set aside as much as $1.2 billion to settle these claims.
If you believe you may have suffered from blood clots after taking Yaz, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options for a substantial settlement. Contact us today.
So far, the FDA has received hundreds of reports of injury or death among women taking Yaz or Yasmin, many of these related to Yaz blood clots.
From 2009 through 2011, The British Medical Journal published three studies from researchers in Denmark, The Netherlands and the University of Copenhagen finding that the hormone drospirenone in drugs like Yaz could increase the risk of blood clots.
On October 27, 2011, the FDA also released a study of more than 800,000 women which showed that drugs like Yaz containing drospirenone could actually increase the risk of blood clots by as much as 74%.
Bayer has indicated that it is settling cases for those injured at an average of over $200,000. If you or a loved one have been affected by Yaz blood clots, it is important to speak with a lawyer to find out what compensation is available and how long you have to take action.
Before you choose a lawyer, make sure they are qualified for this type of lawsuit and have experience fighting large drug companies. The Drug Resource Center only recommends law firms that have handled and settled Yaz cases for their clients.
For more information on the side effects, warnings and legal action related to the drug Yaz, or to speak with a lawyer, contact us today. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.
Authored by Chris Schroeder