(PRWEB) November 15, 2011
While watching television, we're bombarded by enthusiastic advertisements for prescription medicine. Sometimes it's for an antidepressant, blood pressure maintenance, or perhaps acid reflux prevention- but the sunniest, happiest of all seem to be for birth control. The advertisements seem to suggest a worry-free life- that is- until you get to the end of the advertisement and hear the potential side effects, such as blood clots and strokes.
These warnings provide a sharp contrast to the commercial's happy tone, creating a cognitive dissonance that is probably won over by the promise of a better life through medicine. The average consumer might think, "the side effects are rare, right? And hasn't birth control been around for a long time? Surely it can't be that bad."
The reality of the situation is that, while birth control has been around for over 50 years, there are certain types that the FDA has observed that have been linked to an increased risk in side effects. These newer "generation" contraceptives differ from previous forms of birth control due to the combination of synthetic hormones , such as drospirenone, ethinyl estradiol or etonogestrel.
Examples of these contraceptives include Yaz, Yasmin, and Nuvaring, among many others (including generic forms) which have been subject to investigation and lawsuits after women began experiencing severe side effects, or even dying as a result of taking these contraceptives. The Associated Press obtained FDA reports of blood clots, strokes, and pulmonary embolisms in 2005, and studies showed users of another third generation birth control patch experienced a risk of these types of side effects as three times greater than traditional birth control. In some cases, a perfectly healthy young woman has died suddenly, resulting in an alarming response by loved ones, including wrongful death lawsuits.
CBS News reported that Merck, the manufacturer of Nuvaring, has been under fire for tempting healthcare professionals to push their product by offering information seminars that take on a party-like atmosphere. In addition, over 730 lawsuits have been filed against Merck, for problems allegedly related to taking the contraceptive. The company has been plagued with complaints about their advertising, and alleged attempts to conceal information about the negative side effects.
According to Bayer's 2nd Quarter Stockholder's Newsletter, there have been over 9,300 lawsuits filed against them for injuries related to Yaz/ Yasmin use, with that number expected to increase. Still, Yaz continues to be one of the most popular contraceptives, with $1.07 billion in revenue so far this year. This continued success could be attributed to an increasing advertising budget, as in 2008, Bayer was ordered by the FDA to launch a $20 million campaign clarifying the contraceptive's uses. Could what was intended as a penalty, possibly have boosted sales?
It is these situations that allows personal injury attorneys such as Glen Lerner to step in and protect the rights of patients who have suffered side effects as a result of any neglect. "Any patient who believes to be harmed by a dangerous drug or defective product has the right to seek information regarding any potential case they may have. My firm always provides free, no-obligation evaluations to anyone who has suffered losses as a result of these products," says Lerner. Glen Lerner's firm is capable of handling all types of contraceptive lawsuits, and can be contacted via the website at http://www.GlenLerner.com or toll-free at 877-GLERNER (877-453-7637).