Much of the controversy surrounding Yasmin birth control comes from drospirenone, a new “fourth generation” synthetic progestin. When Yasmin was initially sold in 2001, it was the first contraceptive to contain drospirenone. Despite the lack of long-term safety studies, Bayer claimed that drospirenone was safe, and even superior to older birth control pills. In fact, drospirenone is associated with as much as a three-fold increased risk of blood clots. By the time Bayer ran a corrective advertising campaign to correct statements the FDA called “misleading,” millions of women had used Yasmin. Thousands were injured, and some died.
Yasmin Wrongful Death
Many of the family members of women who died after taking Yasmin have filed Yasmin wrongful death lawsuits against Bayer. They are angry at the company for failing to adequately warn women about the risks of drospirenone. Many of the women who were killed were young, healthy, and had no risk factors for blood clots or other serious side effects. Some were as young as 17, and their parents had no idea about the risks of Yasmin.
If you decide to file a Yasmin wrongful death lawsuit, you may be entitled to compensation for you and your loved one’s physical and mental pain and suffering, medical expenses, decreased quality of life, lost income, and more.
Yasmin Side Effects
Although Yasmin was initially advertised without any risk information, there are actually several side effects that can cause severe injury, debilitation, or death. These life-threatening side effects include:
- Hyperkalemia: This occurs when a person has too much potassium in the bloodstream. If potassium gets too high, there is a risk that the person could suffer from a sudden, severe irregular heart rhythm that leads to cardiac arrest.
- Blood Clots: These clots tend to form spontaneously, usually in the calves, thighs, pelvis, or upper arm, though they can form anywhere in the body. Blood clots in the thigh are most dangerous, with around half breaking loose, traveling to the lungs, and causing a pulmonary embolism.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): This occurs when a blood clot forms in veins anywhere in the body, but usually the upper or lower extremities (lower leg, thigh, pelvis or upper arm)
- Pulmonary Embolism: There is a high risk that a DVT blood clot will travel to the lungs and obstruct a vessel inside the lungs. During a massive pulmonary embolism, this can cause severe lung tissue damage and cause cardiac arrest.
- Cardiac Arrest: This occurs when the heart is unable to pump blood into the body. This may be due to a severely irregular heart rhythm (due to hyperkalemia) or a pulmonary embolism (PE). During a PE, the heart may be unable to pump hard enough to force blood into the lungs when there is a blood clot in the way.
- Heart Attack: A blood clot that forms in an artery can travel to the coronary arteries, which supply the heart with blood. If the blood clot blocks one of these arteries, the heart muscle may be severely damaged.
- Ischemic stroke: Caused when a blood clot that forms in an artery is pumped into the brain, blocking a major blood vessel. Even a small stroke can cause a cascading series of events that causes significant brain damage