Dangerous Drugs / YAZ

Pulmonary Embolism, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Stroke and Death Linked to Popular Birth Control Pills

The birth control pills Yaz®, Yasmin® and Ocella®, have been linked to serious blood clotting injuries including:

  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Stroke
  • Death

Yaz and Yasmin (generic name Ocella) are birth control pills designed to prevent pregnancy by suppressing ovulation, fertilization, and implantation.  Yaz and Yasmin were approved by the Food and Drug Administration for marketing in 2006 and 2001, respectively, and are some of the most popular birth control pills on the market.  Yaz and Yasmin are different from other hormonal birth control pills in that they contain drospirenone, a progestin that is unlike other progestins available in the United States and was never before marketed in the United States prior to its use in Yaz and Yasmin.

During the time that Yaz and Yasmin have been sold in the United States, hundreds of reports of injury and death have been submitted to the FDA in association with these products.  These reports include deaths associated with cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac arrest, intracardiac thrombus, heart attack, and stroke in women in their child bearing years.  Other serious side effects linked to Yaz and Yasmin include blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, deep-vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and gallbladder problems.  Recent studies confirm that taking Yaz and Yasmin can cause pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke and death.

The FDA has sent three letters to the makers of Yaz and Yasmin regarding their promotion of these products.  The FDA found that several advertisements for Yaz and Yasmin downplayed the health risks of these birth control pills and overstated their benefits.  In 2009 the manufacturer of these drugs was required to run a $20 million dollar advertising campaign to correct previous misleading statements in their promotion of these drugs.

If you or a loved one have suffered an injury as a result of taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, you may be entitled to compensation.  Call us toll-free at (800) 500-5735 to receive a free consultation with one of our Yaz lawyers, or complete our quick intake form on the right to receive a free case evaluation.