Yaz, Yasmin and other newer, “fourth generation” birth control pills have been linked to an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and other forms of blood clots. At least five major studies have indicated such a link, with one FDA-funded study finding that the risk of blood clots among fourth-generation pill users is 75% higher, compared to those taking older birth control pills. Unlike older oral contraceptives, Yaz, Yasmin and other similar pills containing drospirenone, a synthetic hormone which has reportedly been cited as the cause of the increased risk of deep vein thrombosis and other blood clots.
If you or a loved one has suffered from deep vein thrombosis while taking Yaz or Yasmin, you may be able to file a claim for compensation. Bayer has reportedly paid out more than $142 million in settlements for these injuries, and it’s not too late to make a claim. For more information, contact our attorneys for a free, no obligation case review.
Supplemental estrogen, such as that contained in Yaz, Yasmin and other drospirenone-containing birth control pills, reportedly increases the likelihood of deep vein thrombosis, particularly for those who smoke or are overweight. In 2011, a FDA study examined the medical history of more than 800,000 women who took birth control pills over a seven-year period. Reportedly, women who took Yaz and other oral contraceptives containing drospirenone were 75% more likely to develop venous thromboembolic events (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) compared to patients using older birth control pills. An August 2009 study in the British Medical Journal adds further evidence to the blood clot risk, finding that drospirenone birth control pills carry a 6.3-fold increase in the risk of venous thrombosis.
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot is formed in a deep vein, most commonly in the leg and can become life-threatening if the clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism. Reportedly, Bayer has paid out more than $142 million to settle claims from women who allege they suffered from deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism due to their use of Yaz or Yasmin. If you or a loved one suffered from a blood clot while taking Yaz or Yasmin, you may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering and other damages. Contact our attorneys today to learn more about your potential claim.