Woman Claims Birth Control Pill Caused Pulmonary Embolism

Woman claims birth control pills caused pulmonary embolismA New Jersey woman who claims to have suffered a pulmonary embolism after taking Bayer's oral contraceptive pill Yaz has filed a dangerous drugs lawsuit against the company.

The pill's progestin component, drospirenone, is used only in Yaz and its generic equivalent, according to the St. Clair Record. Taking drospirenone can cause an elevated blood potassium level, which can in turn cause heart rhythm disturbances that result in blood clots. Depending on where in the body the blood clots end up, they can cause stroke, heart attack or pulmonary embolism – which is what plaintiff Carole Ann Grohan allegedly suffered after taking Yaz.

Grohan's dangerous drugs lawsuit claims that Bayer negligently marketed Yaz as containing a safer progestin component than other oral contraceptives, when in fact, "studies performed prior to FDA approval indicate that drosperenone has certain effects that are different from those of traditional second generation progestins, and potentially more dangerous," the suit reads. 

Grohan seeks more than $50,000 in non-economic damages, in addition to economic damages in an amount the court deems just, according to the news source. 

Bayer recently funded a study which found that oral contraceptives containing drospirenone and involving a 24-day active pill regimen, such as Yaz, may be more effective at preventing pregnancy than their other birth control pills, the Los Angeles Times reports.