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Risk of Yaz Stroke Examined

A new study has increased the amount of evidence regarding the adverse side effects associated with the birth control medication known as Yaz, a drospirenone-based pill that is also sold as Yasmin or Ocella. These birth control medications were initially quite popular but have been linked to so many negative side effects that sales have dropped off; however, drug maker Bayer has chosen not to initiate a recall of the medication at this point. A new study was published on the 14th of June, 2012, in the New England Journal of Medicine, that details a new study regarding Yaz related side effects. The study took into account 1.6 million non-pregnant women between 15 and 49 years old over 15 years, and showed that the overall risk of stroke from Yaz use is relatively low, but that patients using Yaz and other medications that contain the synthetic hormone known as drospirenone show a higher risk of stroke than those not using hormonal contraceptives.

Yaz evidence mounts as lawsuit numbers grow

A number of women who have been affected by side effects of the birth control medication have chosen to file lawsuits against drug maker Bayer after experiencing side effects associated with the oral contraceptive. Studies like this one, and one released by the Food and Drug Administration in October of 2011, are used as evidence by patients who are hoping to receive compensation for Yaz injuries that they have experienced as a result of their use of the medication. The FDA study showed about a 1.5-fold increase in the risk of blood clots and similar complications for women who use drospirenone-based birth control pills as opposed to users of other hormonal contraceptives.

Inadequate warnings cited in Yaz lawsuits

Many lawsuits dealing with side effects say that drug maker Bayer did not supply patients with adequate warnings about the risk of side effects. More than 10,000 women have filed lawsuits in the United States, claiming that they have suffered from serious blood clot related injuries after using the once-popular birth control medication.

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