FDA Orders Label Changes for Yaz, Yasmin, & Other Birth Controls Containing Drospirenone

April 11, 2012

Yaz, Yasmin and several other newer birth controls will soon undergo important changes to their labeling. Last Tuesday the FDA announced the changes will take place immediately in order to properly inform the public about the slight increased risk in thromboembolism, the formation of blood clots, while taking the once-a-day contraceptive pills. The newer birth control pills, unlike older pills, contain drospirenone, a synthetic version of the female hormone progesterone. Several studies have shown drospirenone to be a leading factor in the increased risk for blood clots.

Many women continue to take birth control with out knowing the severity of the potential risk. Blood clots have the ability to travel all over your body, eventually leading to life changing problems and sometimes even death. Birth controls containing drospirenone have shown to increase the risk of their formation. Blood clots may form inside small veins near the surface of your skin, leaving swelling, redness and possible pain in that area. They also have the risk of forming inside larger, deeper veins, also known as deep vein thrombosis, possibly causing more critical problems. Deep vein thrombosis blood clots have a higher risk of breaking apart and traveling to other areas of the body, such as the lungs, heart and brain, potentially leading to stroke, heart attack or death.

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Yaz, released on the market in 2006, was Bayer's top selling birth control pill. It appealed to millions of women due to its ability of helping with acne and PMS as well as being a contraceptive pill. By 2008, Yaz was the top selling birth control pill in the U.S. However, when several women began filing complaints, health experts began further research. As research increased, complaints quickly turned into law suits, studies found a connection with blood clots and drospirenone. Today, doctors and attorneys are advising all women taking birth control to talk to their physician about possible increased risks and side effects. They also advise all women to stay informed about any symptoms they might have that could be possible signs of blood clots.

If you or a loved one have ever taken Yaz, Yasmin or any other birth control containing drospirenone, and have suffered through blood clots or other severe side effects don't hesitate to contact a lawyer to discuss any legal compensation you might have. At Borchardt Law Firm, we have seen and dealt with several Yaz lawsuits where clients were not properly informed about the potential increased risks. We feel the work we do will continue to better protect future generations of Texans. Feel free to give us a call.

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