The FDA recently warned that drospirenone-containing birth control pills are associated with a higher risk of blood clots compared to other birth control pills. Blood clots can cause a pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, organ failure, disability, death, and other side effects.
Generic Yaz Overview
Yaz (ethinyl estradiol / drospirenone) is a popular birth control pill that has been used by millions of women to prevent unwanted pregnancy. It was invented Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Yaz was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006.
The two most popular versions of generic Yaz are:
- Gianvi: This medication is sold by the generic drug companies Teva Pharmaceuticals and Barr Laboratories. The FDA approved Gianvi in 2010.
- Loryna: This medication is sold by the generic drug company Sandoz Pharmaceuticals. The FDA approved Loryna in 2011.
Generic Yaz Lawsuits
Were you injured by generic Yaz? If so, you may be considering filing a generic Yaz lawsuit. You may have heard about a recent Supreme Court decision that protects generic drug companies from being sued for failing to warn people about the risks and side effects of their drug. In June 2011, the Supreme Court ruled in Pilva, Inc. et al v. Mensing to protect generic drug companies at the expense of injured people like you.
Fortunately, if you used generic Yaz, you may still have a legal claim. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is responsible for Yaz lawsuits. The company is now facing thousands of lawsuits, including generic Yaz lawsuits. How is this possible? Bayer may share some legal liability for injuries caused by generic Yaz. Bayer manufactures generic drug companies with the ingredients used in generic drugs. If you were injured by generic Yaz, you may still have time to file a generic Yaz lawsuit.
Generic Yaz and Drospirenone
Yaz and generic Yaz all contain one controversial ingredient: drospirenone, a newly-developed, synthetic type of the female hormone progestin. Since drospirenone was first used in Yasmin birth control in 2001, evidence has been growing that this ingredient has a slightly higher risk of blood clots compared to other types of synthetic progestins. In 2011, a massive FDA-funded study found that women taking drospirenone-containing birth control pills were 75% more likely to have a blood clot. They were also more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.
In response, the FDA recently announced that it would be updating the drug safety information on all drospirenone-containing birth control pills, because “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 Yaz Blood Clots
Women who take generic Yaz may have a higher risk of blood clots. Although blood clots might sound like a minor side effect, they can actually be extremely dangerous. One side effect of generic Yaz is Deep Vein Thrombosis, in which blood clots form inside veins deep within the body. Unlike surface blood clots, which the body filters out before they reach the bloodstream, DVT blood clots can break loose, float in the bloodstream, and travel until they get stuck in a major internal organ.
Blood clots that become embolisms can stop the supply of blood to major internal organs. This can cause organ tissue to die, which is permanent and life-threatening. It is most common for blood clots to get trapped in the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. However, they can also get stuck in the heart or brain, causing a heart attack or ischemic stroke. Blood clots can cause organ failure, organ damage, disability, and death.
Generic Yaz Side Effects
If you have suffered any of the following side effects after using generic Yaz birth control pills, you are not alone. You may have a generic Yaz lawsuit. Contact us immediately for more information about your legal rights.
Generic Yaz 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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