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Defective Forms of Birth Control

Medical research indicates[1] that an estimated 62 percent of women in the United States use some form of birth control. With numerous methods and brands of birth control on the market, choosing one is an important decision for a woman of child-bearing age. Unfortunately, not all types of birth control on the market are completely safe for consumer use as some can cause serious side effects and medical conditions in users. In recent years, there have been numerous lawsuits filed against medical manufacturers as a result of serious injuries sustained by birth control users. The following is some brief information on certain methods and brands of birth control that may be dangerous and may lead to a legal claim. Yaz or Yasmin birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin are types of daily birth control pills produced by Bayer and are intended to help fight acne and treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in addition to preventing pregnancy. The generic version, Ocella, is manufactured by Teva Pharmaceuticals and purports to have the same benefits. However, over the past years, women who took Yaz or Yasmin reported numerous dangerous side effects and conditions that have been connected to the birth control pill, including but not limited to the following:

  • Blood clots
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Gallbladder disease
  • High blood pressure or cholesterol
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Liver cancer

Recent lawsuits claim that Bayer exaggerated the effectiveness of Yaz and Yasmin while minimizing or concealing risks of these serious health effects. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning[2] to Bayer regarding failure to properly warn consumers of risk in advertisements. Mirena IUD Mirena is an intrauterine device (IUD) that is inserted into the uterus and can remain for up to five years to prevent pregnancy. Since Mirena was approved for sale in the U.S. by the FDA in 2000, the administration has received over 45,000 complaints of injuries suffered by Mirena users. Some of these injuries include:

  • Device expulsion
  • Penetration or perforation of the wall of the uterus
  • Migration from the uterus into the abdomen, requiring surgical removal and possibly damaging other internal organs
  • Vaginal hemorrhage
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Infertility

Many women who experienced complications with Mirena may require numerous medical procedures to find and remove the device and may experience pain and suffering as a result of the side effects. The FDA has also warned manufacturer Bayer of misleading advertising in regard to Mirena. NuvaRing NuvaRing is a contraceptive vaginal ring that only has to be changed once a month and was, therefore, marketed for its convenience. However, in recent years, manufacturer Merck & Co. has faced thousands of legal claims due to adverse and serious side effects from NuvaRing. Women who used NuvaRing had a much higher risk of the following medical conditions and complications: 

  • Venous thromboembolic events (VTE), specifically blood clots in the lungs and legs
  • Heart attack
  • Strokes
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Eye problems
  • Fatalities

Many researchers believe that the active ingredient was not adequately tested prior to releasing NuvaRing into the consumer market. Despite the serious potential side effects, lawsuits allege that NuvaRing marketing materials focused more on less severe possible effects such as breast tenderness or headache and, therefore, attempted to conceal the serious effects of the product. Call an experienced personal injury attorney at the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA for a free consultation If you have taken any type of birth control and have suffered serious medical side effects due to negligent manufacture or marketing, you deserve to be fully compensated for all of your medical bills and other losses including pain and suffering and emotional distress. The attorneys at the Clearwater, Florida office of the Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA have the resources necessary to take on big pharmaceutical corporations in the courtroom and have the skill to successfully handle cases involving defective drugs or medical products. Anyone who has suffered injury from birth control or another type of product should call today at (833) 606-DRUG [3784] for a free consultation. Sibley Dolman Gipe Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33756 (833) 606-DRUG [3784] https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/defective-medication-attorneys/ References: [1]http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/fb_contr_use.html [2]http://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/guidancecomplianceregulatoryinformation/enforcementactivitiesbyfda/warninglettersandnoticeofviolationletterstopharmaceuticalcompanies/ucm053993.pdf