A California woman taking the popular contraceptive Yasmin has filed a lawsuit against Bayer, the maker of the drug. She has suffered from gallbladder failure and alleges that the drug maker knew that this medication had unacceptable health risks but still chose to produce and market Yasmin. She believes that after starting on the birth control in November 2007, it began to affect her body and eventually caused organ failure and other problems by March of 2008.
This particular case in California is only one in nearly 1,100 Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits that have been filed on behalf of users who have allegedly suffered injuries from the birth control pills. Other cases involve women who have experienced blood-clot-related issues such as heart attack, stroke, and deep vein thrombosis. All plaintiffs have claimed that Bayer has failed to properly research the medications or warn users about the increase health risks.
Bayer has responded to complaints, citing that the risks to one’s health could be found on the label. The maker of Yasmin continues a strong defense and has filed in many federal and state courts. All federal cases of Yasmin are combined into a multidistrict litigation located in Illinois for pretrial litigation. Lawsuits can also be found at state levels in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania courts.
The body’s gallbladder helps the digestive process and also stores bile that is created by the liver. Many women state that they have experienced failure of their gallbladder as a side effect of Yasmin and often times needed to have the organ removed. The hormones contained in birth control pills may raise cholesterol levels found in bile and lower gallbladder movement, which can cause gallstones to form. Gallstones can be a serious problem if they become trapped in the bile ducts.
Yasmin is used by many women as a contraceptive and in some cases as a treatment for moderate acne. This very popular prescription drug is also prescribed in the U.S. for treating both PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and PMDD (premenstrual dysphonic disorder). It was the first prescription contraceptive to be referred to as a “fourth generation” birth control pill. Yasmin contains the hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol, a synthetic type of progestin, that from a combination hormone contraceptive.
Yasmin prevents the releasing of a women’s egg out of the ovary and causes changes in the uterine and cervical lining, making it difficult for sperm to get to the uterus and hard for an egg that has been fertilized to be able to attach to the uterus.
Symptoms of Yasmin gallbladder problems by include nausea, diarrhea, discomfort in the upper right area of the abdomen, bloating in the abdomen, and jaundice.
If you or a loved one has experienced a serious side effect or symptoms of side effects related to Yasmin or related birth control medications, contact Newsome Law Firm and fill out a case evaluation form today. Our team of attorneys has experience specific to complications associated with prescription medication recalls. Not only can they give you the legal guidance you need, they can help you get the compensation you deserve.