Hormonal contraceptives are one of the most common and cost-effective methods of birth control used today. There are certain risks involved with adjusting your hormone levels using synthetic drugs like Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella. These types of drugs do not undergo the same regimen of testing as other medications.

Where most medicines are tested against a control group using a placebo, with birth control, this method of testing is not possible. Therefore, risks and complications may go undetected, underreported, and uncorrected for a longer period of time, at greater risk to the women who use the product.

If you suffered a personal injury related to the use of Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries. Call (614) 766-2000 for a free consultation with Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today.

Indications for Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella

The three drugs commonly known as Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella are the trade names for a class of synthetic progestin called drospirenone. This synthetic compound has a pharmacological profile that is closer to natural progesterone than most other man-made hormones used for birth control.

The FDA has approved drospirenone for the following:

  • Prevention of pregnancy in women electing an oral contraceptive
  • Treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), who also elect to use an oral contraceptive
  • Treatment of moderate acne vulgaris in women at least 14 years of age who have achieved menarche

Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz has been warned by the FDA in several notices for exaggerating the benefits of its products while failing to list some of the risks involved. The latest warning letter was sent in March of 2009.

Risks of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella

The primary problem with drospirenone relates to an increased potential to develop blood clots and health problems related to blood clots. Some of the dangerous health problems that may arise include:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Pulmonary embolisim
  • Gall bladder disease
  • Kidney failure

If your doctor failed to diagnose or treat a medical condition related to taking one of these oral contraceptives, they may be held liable under medical malpractice law. Likewise, the manufacturer of the drug may be found liable for damages in a successful drug injury case.

Legal Options

If you have experienced any of the above medical problems and think it may be related to the use of Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella as an oral contraceptive, seek medical attention first. Then, contact Columbus, Ohio drug injury attorney Robert W. Kerpsack, Co., L.P.A., through our online form or by phone at (614) 766-2000 for a free initial consultation to discuss your legal options.