Pfizer Lo/Ovral Recall: How Safe is Your Birth Control?
Pfizer’s announcement that it would recall approximately 1 million birth control pills has many questioning the safety of their oral contraceptives.
The recalled birth control pills including packages of Lo/Ovral-28 tablets and generic Norgestrel and Ethinyl Estradiol tablets. The recall was issued after it was determined that a manufacturing error could have caused some of the pills to be packaged incorrectly, which could potentially cause women taking the pills to experience an unwanted pregnancy.
The affected packages have expiration dates ranging from July 31, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Women who believe they have one of the products involved in the recall are urged to contact their physician immediately and to return the birth control pills to the pharmacy or clinic where they were obtained.
The Pfizer birth control recall comes on the heels of mounting safety concerns involving another family of popular oral contraceptives that includes Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella. Yaz, in particular, has become the subject of increasing scrutiny by federal health officials.
In December 2011, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel convened to discuss the safety of Yaz after the results of an FDA-sponsored research study indicated that women who used the drug were up to 74% more likely to experience a serious blood clot compared to women who used other types of birth control pills. Yaz and similar pills contain a key hormone known as drospirenone, which is believed to contribute to the elevated blood clot risk.
The FDA has received numerous complaints from women across the country who believe they were injured after taking the drug. As many as 10,000 Yaz users have filed lawsuits against the drug’s manufacturer, Bayer AG. The lawsuits allege that the company knew of the potential blood clot risk but failed to adequately warn consumers of the drug’s dangers.
If you’re considering taking Yaz, it’s important that you discuss the full range of benefits and potential side effects before doing so. If you or a loved one is currently taking Yaz, you need to be aware of the potential warning signs that you may have developed a blood clot. These include:
- Pain in the lower leg
- Blurred vision or temporary blindness
- Severe or migraine headache
- Chest pain
- Swelling in the limbs
Blood clots can potentially be life-threatening and lead to serious complications, including stroke, heart attack or pulmonary embolism. Consult a physician immediately if you believe you may be experiencing adverse side effects caused by Yaz.
Women injured by Yaz birth control may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Contacting an experienced drug side effect lawyer is the first step in protecting your legal rights.
National law firm Nadrich & Cohen, LLP represents victims in all 50 states who’ve been injured by a harmful prescription drug, including Yaz. More information is available by calling 1-800-718-4658.