Bayer reached an agreement with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2008, forcing the company to pay for a $20 million ad campaign to correct the company’s history of overstating the benefits of its oral contraceptive–Yaz–and downplaying its risks. The FDA determined that Yaz carries additional risks as compared to other contraceptives because the drug contains drospirenone, a progestin, which can increase a woman’s potassium to dangerous levels. Increased levels of potassium can lead to many adverse side-effects including blot clots, which can then lead to stroke, heart attack, or other serious condition.
Before taking any drug, please be sure to consult with your doctor and pharmacist. Physicians must take affirmative steps to be aware of all side-effects of the medications they prescribe so their patients do not suffer adverse, otherwise avoidable, consequences.
About the author:
Mr. Zambri has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including medical malpractice actions. He has also been named a “DC Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2009)–a national publication that honors the top lawyers in America. Our firm has experience pursing cases for patients that involve dangerous medical products. If you need a patient advocate, we recommend that you read an article about medical malpractice claims authored by senior partner Salvatore Zambri.