Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Yaz & Yasmin Injury, Georgia

Our office is investigating claims of injury related to the birth control pills known as Yaz or Yasmin:

Yasmin and Yaz are two types of birth control pills manufactured by Bayer Healthcare, and the generic, Ocella, is marketed and distributed by Barr Laboratories, Inc. Yasmin and Yaz contain the same estrogenic compound, ethinyl estradiol, that has been used in “The Pill” since the 1970s, but the progestin in Yasmin and Yaz is new. Yasmin and Yaz both contain drospirenone, a “fourth generation” progestin – no other birth control pills contain drospirenone, except for a recently approved generic version, Ocella.

Side Effects of Yaz/Yasmin Birth Control Pills

Yaz/Yasmin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 as an oral contraceptive, and was marketed by its manufacturer, Bayer. Once the drug hit the market, however, the FDA started to receive reports of side effects when taking Yaz/Yasmin, including:

* Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Deep vein thrombosis commonly affects the leg veins (such as the femoral vein or the popliteal vein) or the deep veins of the pelvis. Occasionally the veins of the arm are affected (if spontaneous, this is known as Paget-Schrötter disease). The most serious complication of a DVT is that the clot could dislodge and travel to the lungs, which is called a pulmonary embolism (PE). DVT is a medical emergency, present in the lower extremity there is 3% chance of a PE killing the patient.

* Pulmonary Embolism (PE): Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a blockage of the main artery of the lung or one of its branches by a substance that has travelled from elsewhere in the body through the bloodstream (embolism). Usually this is due to embolism of a thrombus (blood clot) from the deep veins in the legs, a process termed venous thromboembolism. A small proportion is due to the embolization of air, fat or amniotic fluid.

* Heart Arrhythmia: An irregular heartbeat is an arrhythmia (also called dysrhythmia). Heart rates can also be irregular. A normal heart rate is 50 to 100 beats per minute. Arrhythmias and abnormal heart rates don't necessarily occur together. Arrhythmias can occur with a normal heart rate, or with heart rates that are slow (called bradyarrhythmias -- less than 60 beats per minute). arrhythmias can also occur with rapid heart rates (called tachyarrhythmias -- faster than 100 beats per minute). In the United States more than 850,000 people are hospitalized for an arrhythmia each year. There are types of this condition:

Premature atrial contractions; Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs); Atrial fibrillation; and Atrial flutter, among others.

* Heart Attack/Myocardial Infarctions and
* Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attacks

What is in the pill:

Yaz/Yasmin contains a synthetic progestin called drospirenone, which some claim will raise blood potassium levels. Doing so may result in a dangerous condition known as hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia can lead to life-threatening heart problems.