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Yaz/Yasmin Cases

November 6, 2011

Attorney television ads have been broadcast for quite a while, so it is probably common knowledge that there is injury litigation across the country concerning Yaz/Yasmin medication, birth control pills containing drospirenone (e.g.  Yaz/Yasmin Cases).  Drospirenone is used in combination with an estrogen in oral contraceptives.  Brand names of drospirenone-containing products include Yaz (generics Gianvi and Loryna), Yasmin (generics Ocella, Syeda, and Zarah), Beyaz, and Safyral.  In addition to being prescribed for the prevention of pregnancy, some birth control pills containing drospirenone are also approved to treat symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), to treat moderate acne, and to raise folate levels, in women who choose to use an oral contraceptive for birth control.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been examining these prescription drugs, and has issued several recent Drug Safety Communications concerning the increased risk of blood clots, including the FDA’s new drug-safety report released on October 27.  Earlier warnings concerned the increased risk that these drugs posed for gallbladder damage.  Preliminary results of the most recent FDA-funded study suggest an approximately 1.5-fold increase in the risk of blood clots for women who use drospirenone-containing birth control pills compared to users of other hormonal contraceptives. Both Yaz and Yasmin drugs/pharmaceuticals are included in this report.  Our firm is monitoring the status of this litigation, and welcomes your queries to info@oliveriandschwartz.com .

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