A report has recently been released that examines the connection between the synthetic hormones in the birth control medication YAZ, to a substantial increase in the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a type of blood clot which can be a life-threatening event. While it was previously known that these drugs carried some risk of deep vein thrombosis, new research has shown that the danger is much higher than was initially believed.
Blood clots that form as a result of YAZ can be extremely serious and can even be fatal. Clots that form in the arms or legs can break loose and end up in the lungs or in the brain, putting patients in serious danger. Pulmonary embolisms can occur if blood clot breach the lungs, and clots that move to the brain can cause strokes, and are often deadly. If a clot becomes stuck in a coronary artery, a heart attack soon follows.
At this time, the FDA has not removed YAZ from the market. The committee overseeing YAZ's availability to patients recommended keeping YAZ on the market. Lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the maker of YAZ, alleging women suffered heart attacks, strokes, DVT, and other serious health problems after using YAZ. Bayer has settled some of those lawsuits.
Victims of YAZ and other drugs of this category may still have time to seek financial compensation for the injuries they have suffered. But there are time limits with these types of injuries, so you should talk with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.