The Food and Drug Administration, which oversees the safety and effectiveness of prescription medication and devices, came under fire during the Yasmin controversy. The public accused the agency of failing to provide adequate warning about the birth control called Yasmin or Yaz. However, the FDA is far ahead of other similar agencies, like the Hong Kong Health department.
A grieving widower from Hong Kong has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of Yasmin. He is suing Bayer, the company who makes the drug he claims killed his wife.
In Hong Kong, you do not even need a prescription for birth control. Yasmin was introduced there in 2001. Nearly a decade later, the Hong Kong health department asked Bayer to add warnings to the packaging regarding the risk of blood clots. In all that time, the department said that it has not received any reports of Yasmin side effects.
Chan Ho, is suing Bayer, claiming that the prescription birth control Yasmin killed his wife. His wife, 45-year old Poon Lai-ming, had been taking the medication for a decade. She began suffering breathing problems on January 27, 2013, and died of a pulmonary embolism hours later. The woman’s gynecologist, Dr. Kun Ka-yan, concurred with the Hong Kong Health Department, saying he knew of no incident where anyone died as a result of taking contraceptives. However, Ho is suing Bayer for negligence in the death of his wife.
Poon Lai-ming had blood clots in her lungs, which forensic experts attributed to the birth control.
Sandra, a woman from Idaho also suffered from a pulmonary embolism as a result of taking Yasmin. She was lucky, her husband got her to a hospital where doctors quickly found the blood clot in her lungs. Their first question to her was, “Do you take Yasmin or Yaz?”
Sandra reports that as a result of the incident, her life has forever changed. She is no longer able to exercise or walk for a long distance without shortness of breath or chest pain. She has also been forced to take a slew of daily medications, including heart, blood pressure, and potassium.
If you have suffered injury or complications as a result of taking the prescribed oral contraceptive Yasmin or Yaz, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the law offices of John Foy & Associates. The “Strong Arm” attorneys will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.