Gianvi is a birth control pill that contains a combination of the hormones drospirenone and ethinyl estradiol. It’s a generic version of Yaz that’s used to prevent pregnancy and to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and mild acne. The hormones in Gianvi prevent the woman’s egg from fully developing so that fertilization can’t occur.
Unfortunately, Gianvi and other dospirenone birth control pills have been linked to serious health issues. The FDA has reported that women who take Gianvi are three times more likely to suffer blood clots than those who take birth control pills that don’t contain drospirenone with ethinyl estradiol. Those who have been injured as a result of the pill, may file a Gianvi lawsuit.
Q: Why has the FDA issued warnings about drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol birth control pills?
The FDA has issued warnings about drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol birth control pills because of the heightened risk of blood clots and misleading advertising associated with the pills. An FDA-funded study revealed that drospirenone birth control pills are three times more likely to cause blood clots than other types of birth control pills. Drospirenone pills could increase the chance of developing severe blood clots, like pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis. In some cases, the blood clots are so severe that birth control users have died as a result. Consequently, the FDA required manufacturers of drospirenone birth control pills to revise the drug labels to reflect the increased risk of blood clots.
Q: What serious health complications are linked to Gianvi?
A number of serious health risks have been linked to Gianvi, including:
- Blood clots
- Deep vein thrombosis, which are blood clots found in the legs
- Pulmonary embolism, which are blood clots found in the lungs
- Heart attack
- Death resulting from the blood clots, heart attack, or stroke
- Gall bladder disease
Q: Is the manufacturer liable for my injuries?
If you’ve used Gianvi and suffered blood clots or other injuries caused by the birth control pill, Teva, the manufacturer of Gianvi, could be liable under products liability law. Manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their products are safe to use and not defective. A product is defective if it has a design defect, manufacturing defect, or defect in warning. For example, if an 18-year-old woman, who doesn’t smoke or have a history of blood clots, takes Gianvi and then develops deep vein thrombosis, she may be able to initiate a Gianvi lawsuit against the manufacturer for failing to provide adequate warnings about the risk of blood clots.
Q: I lost a loved one to Gianvi complications. Is the manufacturer liable?
The family members of women who died as a result of using Gianvi can file wrongful death lawsuits against the manufacturer. Wrongful death laws allow close relatives, including spouses, parents, and children, to sue the party responsible for their loved one’s death. The laws vary by state, but all states allow immediate family members to bring a claim. In some states, distant family members, life partners, and people who were financially dependent on the deceased can also sue for wrongful death.
Q: Are there currently any Gianvi lawsuits?
Yes. Many Gianvi lawsuits have been filed against Teva. Several of these lawsuits have settled, providing the plaintiffs with compensation for their hospital bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you’ve suffered injuries or have a loved one who died as a result of taking Gianvi, contact a lawyer in your area to learn more about filing a Gianvi lawsuit.