Safyral Wrongful Death
The problem is that although Safyral is associated with a higher risk of blood clots, it is not more effective at preventing pregnancy than older contraceptives. However, if you were unaware of this fact, you are not alone — when the drospirenone-containing contraceptives were introduced to the U.S. market, Bayer advertised them without risk information, implied that they were superior to older contraceptives, and claimed that they could treat ailments for which they had never received FDA-approval.
The FDA called the ads “misleading,” but by the time the average woman became aware of the real risks of drospirenone, millions of women had taken the pills and thousands had been injured. Some suffered fatal side effects, and are now seeking justice and compensation by filing a Safyral wrongful death lawsuit.
Safyral Side Effects
Life-threatening Safyral side effects include:
- Hyperkalemia: This occurs when potassium levels get too high in the bloodstream. The disorder is life-threatening, but may have no symptoms until it suddenly causes a severe irregular heart rhythm that causes cardiac arrest.
- Blood clots: The FDA has recently updated the label on Safyral to warn that it has been associated with a three-fold increased risk of blood clots. Blood clots can cause severe damage to veins, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and stroke.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): Safyral blood clots are most likely to form in veins located in the calf or upper thigh, in a condition called DVT. Blood clots in the thigh are most dangerous — approximately half cause pulmonary embolisms.
- Pulmonary Embolism: This occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs and obstructs a blood vessel inside the lungs. This prevents blood from flowing into the lungs and causes serious lung damage or other side effects.
- Cardiac Arrest: This occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood into the body for some reason. It may be due to a severely irregular heartbeat (a side effect of hyperkalemia) or because it cannot generate high enough blood pressure to overcome a blood clot in the lungs.
- Heart attack: If a blood clot obstructs one of the three coronary arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood, a heart attack occurs. Prolonged deprivation of blood can cause damage to the heart muscle, leading to heart failure.
- Ischemic stroke: This occurs when a blood clot that forms inside the heart or an artery is pumped into the brain. It obstructs a blood vessel in the brain, causing brain damage. Small blood clots can set off the ischemic cascade, which is a biochemical chain reaction that causes massive swelling, inflammation, and brain damage.