Birth Control Lawsuits
Various types of birth control have been linked in studies and lawsuits to serious health complications, including blood clots and pseudotumors. Some class action birth control lawsuits have resulted in settlements with the plaintiffs. Other lawsuits are just getting underway.
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Among the types of hormonal birth control are pills, injections, rings implanted in the vagina, and intrauterine devices (IUDs).
Birth Control and Drospirenone
In 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about drospirenone, noting that birth control pills that contained drospirenone "may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than other progestin-containing pills." When it made the warning, the FDA noted that the studies it relied on did not account for patient characteristics that could affect the risk of blood clots.
Some studies have linked drospirenone to an increased risk of venous thromboembolism, deep vein thrombosis and gall bladder disease.
Oral contraceptives that contain drospirenone:
Lawsuits have been filed against the makers of newer generation birth control pills, alleging women were not properly warned about the increased risks associated with the contraceptives.
Intrauterine Birth Control
Levonorgestrel, the synthetic hormone in Mirena, has been linked to an increased risk of pseudotumor cerebri (also known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension) a condition involving high blood pressure in the skull. Symptoms of pseudotumor cerebri include moderate to severe headaches, ringing in the ears, nausea, impaired vision, and pain in the neck or shoulder.
Birth Control Lawsuits
As of May 15, 2015, approximately 3,000 lawsuits concerning Yaz and Yasmin are still consolidated in MDL 2100. The lawsuits allege women were harmed by the use of Yaz or Yasmin and were not properly warned about the risk.
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