Austin, TX (Vocus) February 26, 2010
The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, Yasmin Yaz Side Effects Lawyers (http://www.yasminyazsideeffectslawyers.com/). The site will serve as a news and information resource concerning the birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, which have been linked to an increased risk of blood clots, gallbladder disease and other side effects.
Yasmin was first sold in the United States in 2001, and was followed five years later by Yaz. Ocella, a generic version of Yasmin, was put on sale in 2008. All three pills contain a hormone known as drospirenone (DRSP). In addition to its contraceptive effects, DRSP was designed to limit acne symptoms and to prevent weight gain and bloating during menstruation.
But according to two studies published by the British Medical Journal, women taking birth control pills containing DRSP such as Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella are twice as likely to suffer blood clots as those taking another popular type of birth control pill. This increased blood clot risk could put women who take Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella in danger of other serious cardiovascular side effects, including heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.
Since 2004, the Food and Drug Administration has received reports of at least 50 deaths among users of Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella from cardiovascular or other conditions. Hundreds of additional women have suffered serious and debilitating injuries after using these birth control pills.
Users of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella may also be at risk of other serious conditions, including gallbladder disease, renal failure, liver failure or pancreatitis. In some cases, women who took these birth control pills were forced to undergo gallbladder removal surgery, kidney transplants or other procedures in order to treat their injuries.
In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Yaz, in response to a “false and misleading” television ad campaign for the birth control pills. The agency stated that Yaz TV ads promoted the drug for conditions which it had not been approved to treat while understating the risk of side effects faced by patients. Bayer was later forced to air a $20 million corrective ad campaign to clarify the false information in the original ads.
More than 200 women or their loved ones have filed lawsuits against the manufacturers of Yaz and Yasmin seeking compensation for injuries suffered after using the birth control pills. These lawsuits have alleged that the manufacturers of Yaz and Yasmin failed to warn patients about the increased side effects risk of birth control pills containing DRSP compared to other products.
If you have used Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella and have suffered blood clots, stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, gallbladder disease or kidney or liver problems, contact the law office of Hissey Kientz, LLP to learn more about your legal rights. You can reach us by calling our toll-free hotline at 1-866-275-4454, or by e-mail at info(at)hkllp(dot)com.
About Hissey Kientz, LLP
Hissey Kientz, LLP (http://www.hkllp.com) represents victims of the birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, as well as those who have suffered mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases, Duragesic or fentanyl overdose deaths, acute phosphate nephropathy as a result of Fleet Phospho-soda bowel cleansing products, Digitek, Zicam, the Composix Kugel mesh patch, gadolinium MRI contrast dyes, Reglan, FELA railroad injury lawsuits, the Ortho Evra birth control patch and primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) caused by Fen-Phen, as well as other defective drugs and devices. To learn more about the firm and other drug cases, visit us online or call toll-free at (866) 275-4454.