Beyaz Wrongful Death Lawsuits
Beyaz is a birth control pill containing drospirenone, a synthetic progestin that studies have associated with a three-fold increased risk of blood clots. Despite the seriousness of this risk, many women were completely unaware of the risk before they used a drospirenone-containing birth control pill.
This is because the initial advertisements for the first drospirenone-containing birth control pills (Yaz and Yasmin) failed to provide any risk information, implied the new pills were superior to older pills, and claimed they could treat diseases that the FDA never approved them to treat.
Some women who viewed these misleading advertisements chose to use a more dangerous medication, and were subsequently injured or killed. If your loved one died after taking Beyaz, you may have a Beyaz wrongful death lawsuit.
Life-Threatening Beyaz Side Effects
- Hyperkalemia: This occurs when potassium levels are too high in the bloodstream. Although the initial symptoms are often benign, hyperkalemia can increase the risk of developing a deadly blood clot. Other times, hyperkalemia causes a sudden, severely irregular heart rhythm that causes cardiac arrest.
- Blood Clots: Some of the largest studies of drospirenone have linked it to a three-fold increased risk of blood clots, and the labels on Beyaz have recently been updated to include this risk information. The blood clots form spontaneously in veins or arteries, and they can break off and cause a pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or stroke.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The hormones in Beyaz increase the risk of DVT, which is a venous condition that occurs when a blood clot grows deep inside the body. DVT blood clots are most likely to form in the calves or the thigh. When they form in the thigh, there is a 50% chance that they will cause a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.
- Pulmonary embolism: A blood clot that forms in a vein may be carried into the lungs. Inside the lungs, blood vessels get very small, and a blood clot will eventually become trapped. If the clot is large, it may obstruct most of the blood flowing into the lungs. This can cause severe lung tissue damage or a cardiac arrest.
- Cardiac arrest: This occurs when the heart is not able to pump blood. It is a complication of hyperkalemia or pulmonary embolism.
- Heart attack: The heart, like all organs in the body, requires blood to survive. If a blood clot obstructs a coronary artery, which supplies the heart with blood, a heart attack occurs. The heart muscle can be severely damaged.
- Ischemic stroke: A stroke happens when a blood clot travels to the brain, blocks a blood vessel, and stops the supply of oxygenated blood to a part of the brain. The brain tissue quickly becomes damaged due to oxygen-deprivation.