Increased Risk of Dangerous Blood Clots Linked to Yaz Birth Control
When initially rolled out, the birth control drug Yaz was marketed not only as a way to prevent unplanned pregnancy but also as a way to ward off acne, alleviate menstrual cramps and control pre-menopausal mood swings.
Because of these additional uses, the drug was marketed and prescribed to non-sexually-active teen girls as well as adult women. Now, many of these women and girls have enlisted the help of Yaz birth control lawyers and are suing Bayer, the drug's manufacturer.
Over the last two years, Yaz prescriptions have fallen by over 80 percent amid concerns that it is a dangerous and possibly defective prescription drug.
According to a recent study by the federal Food and Drug, Yaz users were 75 percent more likely to experience dangerous blood clots than women taking traditional birth control pills.
Although Bayer claims that its internal studies show no increased risk of blood clotting, at least five large studies have determined that drospirenone-the active ingredient in Yaz-carries a higher risk of harm than older forms of birth control.
Additionally, the FDA is now calling for Bayer to warn Yaz users about their increased risk of heart attack.
Women and girls nationwide have filed lawsuits against Bayer as a result.
If you have been harmed by dangerous or defective birth control pills, legal recourse may be available. Contacting a Yaz lawyer who can help you understand your options is advised.