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March 26, 2013 / Scott Tillett

Lawsuit Filed After Use of Birth Control Yaz Results In Woman’s Arm Amputation

A 32-year-old Oklahoma woman has sued Bayer, the maker of Yaz birth control pills, in Illinois District Court, for medical complications caused by Yaz requiring amputation of her arm.

Brandy Armentrout had been using Yaz for five years when she noticed a tingling sensation in her arm. She immediately went to the hospital where she was diagnosed with limb ischemia, a condition in which blood clots reduce blood flow to the hands, feet, or legs.

Yaz contains drospirenone, which is effective in preventing pregnancy, but has been associated with a 1.5- to 3-fold increase in blood clots by FDA-funded studiYaz_copyes. Despite these findings, other conflicting studies have enabled Yaz to remain on the market. In April 2012, the FDA required label changes for birth control pills containing drospirenone, which must now state “that some epidemiologic studies reported as high as a three-fold increase in the risk of blood clots for drospirenone-containing products when compared to products containing levonorgestrel or some other progestins.”

Ultimately, doctors could not save Ms. Armentrout’s arm and it had to be amputated. To make matters worse, Armentrout discovered her insurance did not cover prosthetics for women her age. Ms. Armentrout has now filed a lawsuit against Bayer to recover damages for her injuries as well as compensation for the cost of a prosthetic, physical therapy, and other medical expenses.

If you or someone you know has suffered injuries stemming from the use of birth control, you may be entitled to compensation. Please contact Khorrami, LLP for a confidential consultation.

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