Product News and Recalls

Woman blames debilitating injury on Yasmin

A news report on KOMO, a Seattle TV station, profiles a dental hygienist who suffered a debilitating injury as a result of a blood clot that she attributes to her use of oral contraceptive Yasmin.

Laura Strothers described herself as a “healthy 30-year-old” with no symptoms associated with blood clots, other than her use of the popular birth control pill. After suffering the blood clot, she has to do her work with limited use of her left hand.

“My left arm was completely swollen, purple, cold to the touch,” Strothers says in the report.

The report notes that complaints about Yasmin and other birth control pills containing the compound drospirenone have generated more than 1,000 lawsuits concerning incidents of serious injury and death.

Other contraceptives containing drospirenone include Beyaz and Ocella.

As KOMO reports, multiple studies have shown that the contraceptives with drospirenone have a high risk of potentially fatal blood clots than other types of birth control pills on the market.

Because of those studies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week changed the warning labels on the drospirenone pills, making note of the higher risk.

The report also notes that many women began using the relatively new pills when they came on the market as the result of an advertising blitz.

See the report here: