When you purchase any birth control product, whether in the form of contraceptive pills, shots, or simply condoms, you put your faith in their effectiveness and safety. However, not all birth control devices work properly, and some are even unsafe – there are documented cases of an increased risk of blood clots, heart attack, stroke, and cancer due to certain types of birth control. The medical damages, unforeseen costs, anxiety, and stress of becoming pregnant unexpectedly can be daunting. If you have been injured or become ill due to an unsafe birth control device of any kind, or became pregnant as a result of a defective product, you have legal options. Contact an attorney to find out more.
Birth Control Pills Flipped Around in Packaging Causes Lack of Effectiveness
According to Business Insider, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed in recent times against then Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, which is now a subsidiary of Endo International, due to a packaging error the company made back in 2011. While the company issued a recall, it was too late for many women. The pills had been flipped upside down and turned 180 degrees in the box, which put the placebo pills, which are meant to be taken at the end of the month, at the beginning of the month. The placebo pills exist to allow patients to stay in the habit of taking the pill daily, because using the product as directed has a direct correlation with its effectiveness. The hormone prevention supplement (non-placebo pills) provide coverage for the full month – but only if taken in the correct order. The packaging error caused many women to accidentally “skip” hormone prevention pills, causing them to become pregnant.
Yaz Can Be Fatal
A popular birth control, Yaz, has been linked to more than 50 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns that Yaz advertising is misleading because the company claims that it can also be used to treat severe acne, which has not been approved. 32,000 boxes of Yaz were also recalled in 2009, while some studies have called for the entire drug to be recalled. After other independent studies, the FDA found that Yaz users had a 74 percent increase in risk of blood clots, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, and death.
If You Were Injured by A Defective Contraceptive Device, Or It Failed to Work Properly, Contact a Jonesboro Attorney Today
When pharmaceuticals do not work as they are advertised, or they pose a serious risk of severe injury, the manufacturer should be held accountable. By working with an experienced Jonesboro personal injury attorneys at Wells & Wells, you may be able to receive considerable financial compensation for your damages. Give us a call today at (870) 782-4084 to schedule a free consultation.