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Study shows Yaz may cause irritable bowel syndrome

Posted on July 11th, 2012 No Comments

A new study out of the University of British Columbia suggests that women who take Yaz are more likely to be diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) than women who take other forms of birth control.

Researchers studied over a million women aged 18 to 46 for 90 days. Results showed that 0.77 percent of women taking Yaz developed IBS and only 0.46 percent of women on other contraceptives did.

While each group had less than one percent of women diagnosed with IBS, the Yaz group was 75 percent more likely to develop the condition. Symptoms of IBS include bloating, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and discomfort.

If you are considering taking oral contraceptives, it is important to know the side effects of Yaz. Contact the Yaz and Yasmin birth control lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

Majority of Yaz cases expected to be settled by end of the year

Posted on July 5th, 2012 No Comments

Chief U.S. District Judge David Herndon and George Washington University Law School professor Stephen Saltzburg said today that they expect more than half of the more than 9,000 Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits to be settled by the end of the year.

So far, about 1,500 cases have been settled with the average settlement reaching $214,000. Saltzburg, experienced in multi-district litigation, says the mediation process has helped him move through cases at a consistent rate.

The Madison Record reports that Bayer has agreed to pay out more than $300 million, with the most severe cases being awarded more money.

If you have been injured after taking Yasmin or Yaz for birth control, contact the birth control attorneys of Williams Hart at  800-761-3187 today.

Oklahoma woman files Yaz lawsuit

Posted on June 27th, 2012 No Comments

A woman from Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against Bayer and its sister companies after she developed cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder, which required a cholecystectom. Her lawsuit will be added to the already 11,000 Yaz and Yasmin cases.

The woman claims Bayer was negligent and over-promoted the use of Yaz and Yasmin. She is also arguing that the birth control pills were defective and that the public was not provided with manufacturer warnings about the associated risks.

The plaintiff is seeking compensation for her medical expenses, pain and suffering, and punitive damages, seedol.com reports.

If you have suffered from painful side effects or life-threatening injuries after taking Yaz or Yasmin and want to learn how an attorney can help you with a lawsuit, contact the legal experts at Williams Hart by calling  800-761-3187.

Flying may increase risk of venous thromboembolism

Posted on June 20th, 2012 No Comments

Summer is here, and with it come vacations. In light of the season’s increased rates of air travel, the American College of Chest Physicians has released guidelines to help travelers reduce their risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein, normally in the legs or pelvis. It can be asymptomatic, but might cause swelling or discomfort. It is dangerous because if the clot becomes loose, it may be caught in the blood vessels in the lungs, causing a serious condition called a pulmonary embolism. When DVT leads to pulmonary embolism, it is referred to as venous thromboembolism.

Frequently flying can increase a person’s risk for DVT. The American College of Chest Physicians does not believe that having more in-flight legroom necessarily reduces the risk. It believes that people who have window seats are at higher risk because they are less likely to get up during the flight.

Certain oral contraceptives such as Yasmin, YAZ, and Ocella are also associated with a serious risk of pulmonary embolism. If you have used one of these birth control methods and since suffered one of their life-threatening side effects, contact the birth control lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at  800-761-3187.

Deep vein thrombosis risk may be higher in people with sleep apnea

Posted on June 15th, 2012 No Comments

A study conducted by researchers in Taiwan suggests that people who have sleep apnea are at a higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.

The seven-year study examined more than 10,000 people, of which about half had sleep apnea.

During the study, 40 cases of deep vein thrombosis were diagnosed. Three quarters of them were in the sleep apnea group. This suggests that people with the condition are three times as likely to suffer these dangerous blood clots.

Like sleep apnea, certain oral contraceptives can increase a person’s chances of having a deep vein thrombosis. If you have taken Yasmin and suffered from its dangerous side effects, contact the Yasmin birth control lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

Post-stroke depression linked to specific brain network

Posted on June 6th, 2012 No Comments

Researchers at France’s University of Bordeaux have discovered a link between post-stroke depression and an area of the brain responsible for handling idle thought patterns.

Their findings, published online in the journal Radiology, show a relationship between a group of brain structures called the default-mode network (DMN) and post-stroke depression in women. The DMN is responsible for helping a person engage in internal thoughts and is activated when they are not focusing on a specific task.

In people who have suffered strokes and later became depressed, this area’s connections were modified.

Yasmin oral contraceptive products have been linked to a slew dangerous of side effect, including strokes, which can have a wide variety of complications. If you used Yasmin and have had a stroke, contact the oral contraceptive lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

Cardiologists remove foot-long blood clot from woman

Posted on May 24th, 2012 No Comments

An Arkansas woman underwent the first successful complete clot removal of its kind in Texas earlier this week.

The 82-year-old woman had a 12-inch long blood clot  lodged in her heart. She was flown from Texarkana to Plaza Medical Center in Fort Worth, where doctors performed a percutaneous heart clot removal using a new technology called the AngioVac.

The AngioVac is a noninvasive tool that is designed to remove these types of clots without open heart surgery.

Blood clots can happen for a wide variety of reasons. Certain oral contraceptives such as Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella have been shown to increase a woman’s chances of developing dangerous blood clots. If you have taken these birth control products and suffered a blood clot, contact the Yasmin birth control lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

Yasmin gets stronger warnings on labels

Posted on May 10th, 2012 No Comments

The labels on Bayer’s Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills are receiving stronger warnings of their dangers.

The new labels include warnings that state the drug increases a woman’s chances of experiencing blood clots by three times. These blood clots are dangerous because they can have have fatal consequences, including pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. FDA advisers voted in favor of the new labels 21-5.

Yasmin contains a man-made version of progesterone called drospirenone, which greatly increases the risk of blood clots.

If you have taken Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella and have suffered from a potentially life-threatening side effect, contact the Yasmin lawsuit attorneys of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187.

YAZ settlement alert announced

Posted on May 2nd, 2012 No Comments

The YAZ Resource Center has announced a settlement alert for the lawsuits against Bayer, the birth control drug’s manufacturer.

The patient advocacy group is alerting women who have suffered from the dangerous side effects of Bayer’s YAZ and Yasmin brands of oral contraceptives, as well as the generic version known as Ocella. These drugs have been strongly linked to a wide variety of side effects including blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, and strokes.

The alert means that some cases have been settled, which is good news for those who have already filed claims against the drug company. It also means that those who have not yet filed against Bayer may have a limited amount of time to do so.

If you have taken YAZ, Yasmin, or Ocella oral contraceptives and experienced their dangerous side effects, it is imperative that you contact a YAZ lawsuit attorney of Williams Hart at 800-761-3187 for a case evaluation.

Bayer estimates lawsuits will cost $2.65 billion

Posted on April 26th, 2012 No Comments

Bayer AG, Germany’s largest pharmaceutical producer, has predicted the cost of settling all of its Yasmin birth control lawsuits will total around $2.65 billion.

The birth control drug has been strongly linked to blood clots that can cause heart attacks or strokes. The company is currently only settling on specific venous clot injuries such as pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis.

However, the drug has also been linked with other complications that include liver tumors and cerebral hemorrhage. Birth control manufacturers have been ordered to include stronger warnings of these risks on their labels.

If you have suffered from blood clots, strokes, or any other complications of Yasmin birth control, contact the Yasmin lawsuit lawyers of Williams Hart today at 800-761-3187.

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