Yasmin is an oral contraceptive and is a synthetic spironolactone analogue known in the medical world as drospirenone. Because of the nature of how this birth control pill functions in the body many women have been reporting mild to severe YAZ side effects from taking Yasmin.
Ocella is the generic version and is also a drospirenone. Ocella side effects are the same as Yasmin. If you have suffered any YAZ side effects or YAZ injury contact our YAZ lawsuit attorneys today for a free case review.
What Are The Side Effects Of Yaz?
YAZ, which was approved by the FDA in 2006, and Yasmin, which was approved in 2001, are oral contraceptives that combine estrogen and a fourth generation progestin to prevent pregnancy. They are also used to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and certain types of moderate acne in women. While the two birth control pills are not exactly the same, they are very similar.
Both medications contain the novel progestin component, drospirenone, which is a diuretic that has the potential to significantly increase a risk of increased potassium levels which can lead to both gallbladder damage and blood clots in the legs (DVT) and lungs (pulmonary embolism) with the potential to cause strokes or heart attacks. Other serious conditions caused by Yaz include gall bladder disease and pancreatitis.
Yaz Lawsuit Background
Yaz and Yasmin are manufactured by Bayer. The drug Yasmin was initially manufactured by Berlex Laboratories, Inc. and/or Berlex, Inc. Berlex was acquired by Bayer in 2006, which then began manufacturing and marketing an extremely similar drug, Yaz, which is the bestselling birth control pill in the USA and especially in California.
The FDA has received over 50 reports of YAZ related deaths The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Bayer in October, 2008 that its television advertisements were untrue, and that Yasmin/Yaz has additional risks because of its chemical makeup, as compared to other oral contraceptives. Bayer agreed to spend $20 million on corrective ads, many of which are airing on television now.
Yasmin and Yaz have come under fire by some researchers and health advocates who say that the drugs put women at higher risk for blood clots, strokes and other health problems than some other birth control pills according to an article in the New York Times on September 26, 2009. Two studies on Danish and Dutch women, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in August 2009, found a higher risk of venous blood clots for women taking newer progestins, including drospirenone, a generic name for YAZ and Yasmin.
We believe the evidence will establish that Bayer did not tell the whole truth about the drug, concealed defects and YAZ side effects, failed to properly test it for YAZ side effects, did not fully disclose YAZ side effects, and consciously acted to maximize profits at the expense of safety of women.
Learn more about our Bayer/Yasmin lawsuit or call us at 415-989-1800 or 800-481-1615 to discuss your situation in more detail.
The Brandi Law Firm has extensive experience in drug litigation. On April 30, 2010, Thomas Brandi was appointed by Judge Kuhl of the Los Angeles Superior Court to the five member Plaintiff's executive Committee to lead the Plaintiffs in the California Yaz litigation. He has over 30 years of trial experience successfully taking on defective drug companies on behalf of injured people. He has successfully represented clients injured from numerous drugs and devices including Vioxx, Phen-fen, L Tryptophan, Felbatol, Fosamax, breast implants, and the Dalkon Shield IUD. The Brandi Law Firm has a team of attorneys, investigators, doctors and nurses ready to help you.
If we represent you for your YAZ injury, Mr. Brandi will be your trial attorney in the YAZ litigation. Mr. Brandi has been was named Trial Lawyer of the Year for the State of California by the Consumers Attorneys of California (2004) and has been nominated for Trial Lawyer of the Year for the Trial Lawyers of Public Justice (2004), Consumer Attorneys of California (2002, 2004) and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (1999, 2001, 2003).
Because experience counts, if you consult with any counsel, you should ask who will be working on your case, and if the case goes to trial, the identity of the trial attorneys and their courtroom trial experience.