Ellis Law: Have you been a victim of the drug Yasmin?

October 1, 2013

Ellis Law Corporation

Defective Drugs

Los Angeles Yasmin Attorney; Yasmin Lawsuit Attorneys

The birth control market is booming, and while people could point to any number of reasons for it, the bottom line is that the competition in the industry is as intense as it has ever been. As a result, more and more companies are releasing products designed to prevent unwanted pregnancies, and one of them, Bayer Healthcare, released a product onto the market in 2001 called Yasmin.

Below you’ll find information regarding how Yasmin works, the problems that arose in conjunction with its use, the general reaction from the public to the reports of these problems and ultimately how you should proceed if you or someone you love has been harmed as a result of using Yasmin.

Yasmin – Birth Control Pill

Yasmin is a birth control product that is provided in pill form and is administered via prescription. It was originally approved for marketing, sale and distribution in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 11, 2001, and since then it has generated billions of dollars in revenue.

Yasmin works by performing two functions in the female’s body:

  1. It prevents ovulation as it naturally occurs within the reproductive system;
  2. It prompts slight changes in the walls of the uterus and the cervix that prevent a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus and beginning the process of growth.

In a scientific sense, Yasmin accomplishes these tasks by releasing small amounts of two hormones into the female’s system. These hormones are known as drospirenone and ethinylestradiol, and they are the active ingredients in Yasmin that basically control its functions. Generally, Yasmin showed positive results in those who used it in its early stages on the market, although eventually problems began to arise.

Yasmin Side Effects Linked to Birth Control

Unfortunately for many users of Yasmin, negative reports of side effects eventually began to surface at a volume where the public began to take notice and defective drugs attorneys began to field incoming inquiries regarding the injuries caused. Specifically, Yasmin has been known to lead to the following side effects in some women:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Kidney damage
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary Embolisms
  • Death

While each of these side effects is obviously severe, two in particular are at least loosely linked. Those two side effects are DVT and pulmonary embolisms. DVT is a condition whereby blood clots form deep in the tissue of the body, usually in the legs. When these clots grow to the point where they break off and travel through the circulatory system, they tend to settle in the tissue of the lungs. Clots that exist in the lung tissue are called pulmonary embolisms, and each of these conditions can be not only dangerous but eventually fatal if they are not promptly diagnosed and treated.

Yasmin Lawyer and Yasmin Attorney

Generally, when a drug encounters problems, the reaction to these problems pass through a common progression, and in regards to Yasmin, it’s still early in that process. As of now, the federal government has not issued any requirements to attach warnings to the product nor has it required that a recall be initiated, but Yasmin has been caught in the crosshairs of several state law enforcement agencies.

Specifically, Yasmin was the subject of an aggressive marketing campaign that generally ran on television. In these advertisements, claims were made that were seen as false and images and music were run that were intended to distract the viewer from potential side effects. In the years 2003, 2008 and 2009, the FDA issued warning letters to the manufacturers of Yasmin alerting them to the potential for liability for false advertising. As many as 27 Attorneys General of different states were also part of this warning process. In response to the warnings, Yasmin advertisements were pulled from the airwaves.

Aside from the problems with its advertising efforts, women who were injured and who suffered from any of the side effects above also began to file civil lawsuits for damages that were suffered, and some of these injuries were irreversible. Since then, more people have taken notice of these problems and more lawsuits continue to be filed.

Yasmin Injury Lawsuit

If you or someone you love has used Yasmin and suffered from the development of side effects, you need to take action immediately to protect your legal rights. That starts by contacting a defective drugs attorney who understands the intricacies of these types of claims, as you need honest answers regarding your situation. Contact the attorneys at Ellis Law today at 310-641-3335 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation in order to get this process started.