In the past few years, researchers have linked the progestin hormone used in the birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin to an increased risk of blood clots. These can cause dangerous and painful conditions such as Deep Vein Thrombosis.
Deep Vein Thrombosis, or DVT, is a venous blood clot that forms deep from the surface of the skin. These are often found in the thigh or lower leg. Studies have shown that drospirenone can raise potassium levels in the blood, increasing the risk of Yaz DVT.
Blood clots can be a natural and safe defense mechanism of the body. However, clots caused by the unintended side effects of a drug, such as a Yaz DVT, can be very dangerous. Clots which break free and move through the circulatory system to other organs such as the heart, lungs or brain can cause serious injury or even death.
Some of the typical symptoms of a Yaz DVT can include:
So far, thousands of women have filed lawsuits for blood clot-related injuries such as DVT after taking Yaz. Bayer, the maker of these drugs, recently announced they would set aside as much as $1.2 billion to settle claims for blood clot side effects.
If you believe you have suffered a blood clot injury like DVT after taking Yaz, it is important to speak with a lawyer about your legal options as soon as possible. You may be entitled to substantial compensation from a settlement.
So far, the FDA has received hundreds of reports of injury or death among women taking Yaz or Yasmin. The Institute for Safe Medicine Practices also reported that Yaz and Yasmin ranked second in 2011 for the number of complications reported to the FDA.
In 2009 and 2011, The British Medical Journal published studies from researchers in Denmark, The Netherlands and the University of Copenhagen which found 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 could actually increase the risk of blood clots by as much as 74%.
Bayer recently announced that it is settling cases for certain Yaz side effects at an average of over $200,000. These include injuries related to blood clots such as Yaz DVT.
If you or a loved one have been affected by blood clots or DVT, it is important to find out what compensation is available and how long you have to take action. A lawyer can let you know your legal options today.
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