According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 62 percent of U.S. women who are of reproductive age currently use a contraception method, including oral contraceptives like Yasmin or Yaz. While many oral contraceptives are not linked to serious side effects, others, such as Yaz and Yasmin, may be dangerous for some women. The following takes a look at these two dangerous and defective drugs and legal options for women who have been harmed by the drugs.
What’s the difference between Yaz and Yasmin?
Yaz and Yasmin are two birth control pills that are almost identical in the effect that they have on a woman’s body. The active ingredients in both types of prescription medications are drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, and both medications contain both estrogen and progestin. Drospirenon and ethinyl estradiol work by preventing a woman’s egg from developing fully, rendering it incapable of accepting sperm. The difference between Yaz and Yasmin, then, is found in the number of inactive pills each prescription contains – Yaz contains 24 active and four inactive pills, whereas Yasmin contains 21 active and seven inactive pills.
Yasmin/Yaz Side Effects
Yaz and Yasmin both have a number of side effects, some of which are commonly found in patients who take other prescription birth control pills. These side effects include migraines, vaginal yeast infections, nausea, irregular bleeding, menstrual-like cramps, hair loss, weight fluctuations, decline in libido and acne.
While the side effects above can be uncomfortable and undesirable, they’re usually not life-threatening. Unfortunately, both Yasmin/Yaz side effects can be serious and include risk of anaphylactic shock, irregular heartbeat, inflammatory bowel disease, and developing severe and deadly blood clots.
Yazmin/Yaz Blood Clots Can Be Deadly
In 2013, Yaz/Yasmin were linked to the deaths of at least 23 women living in Canada, one of whom was only 14 at the time of death, according to a June 2013 article in the NY Daily News. Most of those deaths were attributed to blood clots caused by taking prescription birth control containing drospirenone – one of the medications in Yasmin and Yaz.
Despite the fact that Yaz and Yasmin both have been linked to such severe side effects and deaths, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has not recalled the drug. Rather, the FDA published a 2011 FDA Drug Safety Communication about the birth control pills, in which it states, “Drospirenone-containing birth control pills may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills.”
Lawsuits Filed Against Bayer
The manufacturer of Yasmin/Yaz is Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, one of the most powerful pharmaceutical companies in the world. Like the FDA, Bayer ignored the serious risks of Yaz/Yasmin; instead stating that it stands by its product. As such, a number of defective drug lawsuits have been filed against the company that allege Bayer has created a defective product and has continued to market the product, despite known risks. Bayer has paid more than $750 to victims involved in lawsuits against the company.
File Your Own Defective Drug Lawsuit Today
Dozens of lawsuits have already been filed against Bayer. If you’re a victim of Yasmin or Yaz side effects and need to file a lawsuit for damages today, you need an attorney who will guide you through the process. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our defective drug lawyers can help file your claim for damages today. If you are ready to begin and would like to receive a free case consultation, call our offices today at 215-642-2335 or contact us online.