Sunday, 16 of December of 2018

Birth Control Risks Highlighted in Blood Clot Study

Life-threatening adverse effects from estrogen-based medications are also the focus of a $10 million lawsuit filed by a woman who developed breast cancer after taking Prempro to reduce menopause symptoms.

By John Cooper, Dangerous Drugs Attorney in North Carolina

Findings from a large U.S. Food and Drug Administration study on clotting risks for women taking birth control pills containing the hormones estrogen and drosperinone, as well as a large number of lawsuits from women who developed cancer after taking estrogen-based medication to relieve menopause symptoms, are refocusing attention on the risks from these drug products.

Bayer’s Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills increase women’s risk for a deadly condition called venous thromboembolism. With VTE, a blot clot forms in one part of the body, usually the lower leg, and travels to the heart or veins of the neck. If not detected and detected quickly, VTE can cause fatal heart attacks and strokes.

This CBS News report describes what the FDA found and the risks newer birth control pills pose to women:

The problem appears to be drosperinone. That synthetic hormone raises potassium levels in the bloodstream, and excess potassium increases the likelihood that clots will form. In addition to Yaz and Yasmin the Washington Post identified these drosperinone-containing birth control pills: Bayer’s Beyaz and Safyral, Sandoz’s Syeda and Loryna, Barr Laboratories’ Ocella, Watson Pharmaceuticals’ Zarah, and Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Loryna.

As North Carolina dangerous drug lawyers, my colleagues and I have been following news on Yaz and Yasmin risks closely for several years, and we are working with women in a number of Yaz lawsuits. We have also been attuned to health problems linked to hormone replacement therapies such as Pfizer’s estrogen-based Prempro. Pfizer has reportedly paid a total of $330 million to settle more than 2,200 lawsuits from Prempro users. That does not appear to be the final chapter for the drug product that remains on the market, however. In fact, I just finished acting as co-counsel for the plaintiff in a Prempro case that was heard in the federal court in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). The woman’s breast cancer was linked to her use of the product.

On October 21, 2011, a married couple in New Orleans, Louisiana (LA), filed suit in federal court seeking $10 million in compensation from Pfizer because the woman was diagnosed with breast cancer after having taken Prempro for 8 years. The HRT product has also been linked with increased risks for ovarian cancer and cardiovascular disease. Pfizer, in this lawsuit and the earlier ones, is accused of failing to provide adequate warnings about such side effects.


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