Yasmin® and Yaz®
South Carolina Mass Tort Lawyers for Dangerous Drug Cases
The contraceptives Yaz® and Yasmin®, which were popular brands manufactured by Bayer AG, have been linked to severe heart-related health issues, including heart attack, stroke, and blood clots. Yaz® and Yasmin® are simple oral contraceptives prescribed to women who want to prevent pregnancy. The contraceptive contains drospirenone, a synthetic version of the female hormone progesterone.
In April of 2012, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring new labeling for drugs containing drospirenone warning that they are more likely than other birth control drugs to cause blood clots. Yasmin, approved for sale in the United States in 2001, was the first contraception to include the synthetic hormone. The warning requirement was created after testing and after numerous women complained of blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, myocardial infarction, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, and stroke. Some patients taking the drug died as a result of complications linked to the drugs.
Yaz® and Yasmin® Lawsuit in South Carolina
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, our legal team is reviewing cases involving South Carolina women who experienced any heart-related illness after taking Yaz® or Yasmin® birth control. There is ongoing litigation against the manufacturer, Bayer AG, which has already paid out more than $1.5 billion and has not yet closed. Until the FDA announced a required warning in 2012, the manufacturer of Yaz® and Yasmin® put no warning on the birth control. Women had no way of knowing the drug was more likely than other birth controls to cause heart-related health issues.
In addition to serious heart issues, the synthetic hormone drospirenone may have caused other side effects. It has been linked to higher than normal potassium levels, which over time can cause rhythmic irregularities in the heart. The drug has also been known to cause dehydration and other issues resulting in gallbladder disease, kidney stones, renal failure, and even death.
A Dedicated South Carolina Drug Injury Lawyer Can Help You
If you or a loved one suffered heart-related health issues after using Yasmin® or Yaz®, or if you have experienced any of the other side effects and worry about the drug's long-term impact on your health, contact the experienced legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers. Our South Carolina personal injury lawyers can review your case and help you understand your rights and your options. Call for a free case consultation today.