If you watched the news over the last few years, you have probably heard about the oral contraceptive recalls and various birth control manufacturer lawsuits. What makes a birth control pill defective and/or dangerous in the eyes of the law? A dangerous prescription drug is any drug that has the potential to seriously harm its user. A dangerous drug may also be considered a defective drug if it does not provide the intended health benefits. Further, a drug may be considered both dangerous and defective if the sole source of its danger stems from a flaw in its manufacturing process. An experienced product liability can explain in further detail.
For birth control specifically, certain pills have been known to cause life-threatening side effects to the women who take the pills. Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella are three different birth control pills that have been known to cause serious injuries to many of the women who take the pills.
Side effects of potentially dangerous birth control pills include:
- heart attacks
- deep vein thrombosis
- pulmonary embolism
- blood clots in the legs and lungs
- cervical dysplasia
- cardiac arrhythmia
- kidney failure
- sudden death
This list is non-exhaustive. If you or a loved one has experienced these or similar symptoms after taking an oral contraceptive, seek medical attention and reach out to a birth control defect lawyer. Estimates suggest that over 6,000,000 women were taking Yaz on a daily basis. If you were one of them, make sure your legal rights are protected.
Women all across the US are winning landmark cases against birth control manufacturers for the injuries they suffered as a result of taking the drug. If you have been harmed by defective birth control you may be owed compensation for your medical bills, time off work, emotional trauma, and more.
All patients have a right to safe, regulated medication. If you believe you’ve been adversely affected by birth control or another oral contraceptive or have suffered stroke, heart attack, or blood clots while taking birth control, call the skilled personal injury lawyers at Hart, Watters & Carter today.