As a Dallas-Fort Worth pharmaceutical lawyer, I know that birth control pills pose a documented risk to the health of women across North Texas. The hazards associated with medication designed to prevent unwanted pregnancies has been known for some time. One of the major concerns is the risk of suffering a blood clot caused by the estrogen in the pills. While blood clots are common among patients taking such medicines, it is when the blood clot travels to the heart, lungs or brain that it poses a very real threat to the safety of the individual.
According to Dr. Darren Tate of Texas Health Fort Worth, the risk of a woman suffering a blood clot is approximately 6 in 10,000 when on birth. While Dr. Tate claims that all birth control medicines pose similar risks, he said that pills containing the smaller amounts of estrogen pose a lesser risk. As a DFW personal injury lawyer, I know that one of the most dangerous birth control pills currently on the market is Yasmin (also sold as Yaz, and in generic form as Ocella).
The reasons that Yasmin is so particularly dangerous is that it contains a fourth-generation progestin called drospiernone which is thought to elevate the level of potassium in the patient's blood stream. The health risks associated with Yasmin include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, heart attack and gallbladder disease.
If you or someone you love has suffered any life-threatening injuries which you believe to be a result of taking Yasmin or any other birth control medication, it is wise to discuss your case with a board certified dangerous drug attorney to make sure you are fully aware of your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation.
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