There are three types of generic Yasmin birth control pills: Ocella, Syeda, and Zarah. These medications all contain drospirenone, a synthetic hormone that the FDA now warns is linked to a higher risk of blood clots compared to other synthetic progestins.
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Yasmin birth control pills contain a combination of two synthetic hormones: drospirenone (synthetic progestin) and ethinyl estradiol (synthetic estrogen). Yasmin was the first birth control pill to contain drospirenone, a new synthetic hormone that was created by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Yasmin in 2001.
The FDA has approved three types of generic Yasmin:
- Zarah: Sold by Watson Pharmaceuticals. FDA-approved in September 2010.
- Ocella: Sold by Barr Laboratories and Teva Pharmaceuticals. FDA-approved in 2008.
- Syeda Sold by Sandoz. FDA-approved in June 2011.
Generic Yasmin Lawsuits
Were you injured by generic Yasmin? You may have been researching your legal rights. Usually, when people are injured by undisclosed side effects of a medication, they can file a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company for failing to warn them of the side effects. The financial compensation may extend to medical expenses, decreased quality of life, pain and suffering, lost income, and more.
During your research, you may have heard about a recent Supreme Court decision in June 2011, called Pilva, Inc. et al v. Mensing. The Supreme Court effectively decided to protect generic drug companies from being sued by injured people for “failure to warn” lawsuits.
Fortunately, if you were injured by generic Yasmin, you may still be eligible to file a generic Yasmin lawsuit. Bayer, the pharmaceutical company responsible for Yasmin, may still share some legal liability for injuries caused by generic Yasmin. Bayer has been supplying several generic drug companies with the ingredients for generic Yasmin. In fact, the company now faces thousands of lawsuits from women who were injured by drospirenone-containing birth control pills, including generic Yasmin.
Generic Yasmin and Drospirenone
Drospirenone is the newest synthetic “fourth generation” version of progestin, a female reproductive hormone that is used in hormonal birth control pills. For decades, most birth control pills have contained a combination of progestin and estrogen. Nearly all birth control pills contain ethinyl estradiol (synthetic estrogen), but there are a variety of different synthetic progestins. Yasmin was the first FDA-approved contraceptive to contain drospirenone. Soon after Yasmin was approved, evidence began to grow that drospirenone had a higher risk of blood clots compared to other progestins.
In February 2012, the FDA decided to update the safety information on all birth control pills containing drospirenone, including generic Yasmin. The FDA announcement stated: “The FDA has concluded that drospirenone-containing birth control pills may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills.”
The following is a list of birth control pills that contain drospirenone:
Generic Yasmin and Blood Clots
Women who use Yasmin, generic Yasmin, or other drospirenone-containing birth control pills have a higher risk of blood clots. These deep-vein blood clots are far more dangerous than surface blood clots, which the body filters before they can reach the bloodstream. Deep-vein blood clots can break loose and migrate through the body until they become trapped in a smaller blood vessel, usually located inside a major internal organ. One of the most common debilitating side effects of generic Yasmin is a pulmonary embolism, in which a blood clot becomes trapped in the lungs and causes lung tissue to die. Blood clots can also cause heart attack, stoke, organ failure, disability, or death.
Generic Yasmin Side Effects
Generic Yasmin side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Pulmonary embolism
- Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
- Organ damage / organ failure
- Gallbladder disease
- Hyperkalemia (toxic high levels of potassium)
- Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia)
- Psychological trauma
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