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FDA Reviewing Yaz Blood-Clots Risk


Lawsuits alleging that a popular birth-control pill Yaz is causing blood clots and a host of other medical problems for women got a boost from the Food and Drug Administration when it recently announced it was going to review the drug.Thousands of women already have filed a Yaz lawsuit against Bayer the manufacturer of Yaz and Teva, the pharmaceutical company that makes Yaz in other forms called Yasmin and Ocella. The lawsuits contend that the pharmaceutical companies did not sufficiently disclose or warn potential users of the birth-control pill of its serious and sometimes fatal side effects.A federal judge has already established a schedule for some of the ground-breaking trials in an attempt to make it possible for both attorneys for the women and defendant pharmaceutical companies to resolve their cases orderly and promptly.

Studies Are Troubling
The FDA’s action was triggered by studies published earlier this year by the British Medical Journal, which found that women taking Yaz or Yasmin have a 6.3 times greater chance of developing blood clots than they would using other kinds of contraceptives.

The study based its conclusions on researching the cases of 1,524 women between the ages of 18 and 50 who developed and suffered from a deep vein thrombosis, which is a Yaz blood clot that forms deep in the veins. Such blood clots are particularly dangerous and sometimes fatal because they move freely through the blood stream and can get lodged near a woman’s lung or other vital organs. The researchers then compared these women to 1,760 healthy women not using Yaz. The staggering results show that women taking Yaz were more than six times more likely to develop a potentially fatal blood clot.This is extremely troubling news considering that last year Yaz accounted for 17 percent of the birth-control pill market, with another 11 percent going to Yasmin.While the FDA did not tell women to stop taking Yaz or Yasmin, the agency did advise them to immediately contact their doctor if they suffered any of the side effects of the drug, which includes sudden shortness of breath, persistent leg pain – or severe chest pains. Some experts contend that a recent action taken by the EU, or European Union, requiring these pharmaceutical giants to update the products information on Yaz, warning potential users of the increased risk for developing blood clots, will also work in favor of the plaintiffs.

Yaz Side Effects and Their Symptoms

Despite it being a fourth –generation birth-control pill Yaz contains the hormones estrogen, a synthetic form of progestin and drospirenone. Researchers found that although drospirenone acts like a water pill reducing fluid in the women who take it, it also has the side effect of thickening the blood, which can trigger dangerous blood clots that if they become large enough can cut off oxygen in a woman’s lungs, heart or brain. Moreover, the use of Yaz has been connected with kidney problems, irregular heartbeat, pancreatitis and gall bladder disease.If you or a loved one has or is taking Yaz or any of its derivatives and has or is suffering from any of its side effects --

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