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Nonprofit says safer alternatives to Beyaz, Yaz available

Are the birth control pills Beyaz and Yaz dangerous? That’s a tricky question, according to the National Research Center for Women and Families.

An article by three staffers at the center, including two PhDs, makes the point that a relatively low number of women taking the oral contraceptives containing the synthetic hormone drospirenone – which include Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Beyaz – suffer a potentially fatal blood clot as a result.

The issue, according to the Center, is that less dangerous and less costly alternatives to the drospirenone-containing pills are readily available.

“Should birth control pills containing drospirenone remain on the market?” the article asks. “There is no evidence that they have significant advantages compared to other contraceptive pills that would outweigh the risks of blood clots or heart attacks. If patients and their doctors understood the latest research, why would anyone choose to take those risks?”

The article points out that all birth control pills can cause blood clots, and all contain a warning about that risk. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has reviewed six studies in recent years to determine whether the risks are higher with oral contraceptives containing drospirenone, and found evidence that they are.

Four of those studies showed higher risks – ranging from 1.5-to-2 times to 2-to-3 times the risk of blood clots from pills with drospirenone compared to other types of birth control pills.

The two studies that showed no higher risks were by authors with financial and professional ties to the pill manufacturer and had significant methodological problems.

The FDA eventually funded its own study, which involved reviewing the medical records of 800,000 women taking birth control between 2001 and 2007. The FDA reported that women taking birth control pills with drospirenone were significantly more likely to have blood clots. Drospirenone increases the risk of blood clots from six in 10,000 to 10 in 10,000 women, an increased risk of 75%.

Women who have suffered injury as a result of taking Beyaz, Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella should understand the legal remedies available to them. If you or someone you love developed a blood clot, stroke, or pulmonary embolism while taking Beyaz, Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella, you may be eligible to recover damages. Please contact Lopez McHugh for a FREE consultation with a qualified and trusted attorney who can answer your questions and ensure your legal rights are protected. Call today because if you wait too long, you may be barred from recovering for your injuries by your state’s time limits.

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