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Yaz/Yasmin Being Linked to More Deadly Blood Clots

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From The Texas Record:

A pregnant woman claiming her birth control pills are responsible for her blood clot and the death of her unborn baby has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the drug’s manufacturer.

Candice Richardson took the oral contraceptive Yaz/Yasmin and, according to her suit, "thereafter suffered blood clotting and related injuries, requiring hospitalization and resulting in the stillbirth of her daughter at 27 weeks of pregnancy."

She alleges that the drugs’ manufacturers misrepresented the pills’ benefits and concealed their adverse side effects.

Richardson, individually and as representative of the estate of Jane Doe, deceased, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bayer Corp., Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Bayer Healthcare LLC on Sept. 18 in the Beaumont Division of the Eastern District of Texas.

Richardson states she was prescribed the oral contraceptive Yaz/Yasmin. The drugs are a contraceptive that contains an estrogen component and a progestin component. Together the components suppress ovulation, fertilization and implantation. Yaz is a lower-dose version of Yasmin.

The suit does not indicate when or for how long Richardson used the pill, or which specific product she took.

Studies have shown that women who take birth control pills containing estrogen may be at a higher risk of blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.

The drugs at issue contain the estrogen component ethinyl estradiol, which is used in lower dosage birth control and is reported to have a lower risk of blood clots.

Yaz and Yasmin are the only birth control pills marketed United States containing drospirenone as the progestin component.

According to the complaint, the drug can cause a possible increase in potassium, causing a condition called hyperkalemia. The plaintiff states that hyperkalemia can cause heart rhythm disturbances and blood clots.

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**Also, anyone who has been adversely affected due to taking these prescription drugs should get in touch with Helen Zukin. Ms. Zukin recently retained a client, a young woman, who unfortunately suffered from a stroke, after only taking Ocella (generic version of Yaz) for a month.