Since Ocella is one of the more popular prescription birth control pills, more women every day are experiencing and reporting side effects. As more of these cases are reported, the more obvious it is that taking these drugs can be harmful. Heart attacks, strokes, gallbladder disease, blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, and other serious health conditions are among those being attributed to Ocella, along with some less severe complications. The main ingredient in Ocella is a synthetic form of progestin called drospirenone that has been proven very successful in stopping pregnancy.
Ocella is a generic form of the drugs called Yasmin and Yaz and it was developed in 2009. Since it has come into use, it has become one of the most widely used birth control drugs in the U.S. All three drugs have been rigorously marketed by their parent companies so that they have become the most commonly prescribed by doctors. The marketing campaigns employed by the manufacturers of these drugs like Ocella have been criticized as misleading and in some cases untrue.
In 2003, the FDA warned Berlex, the first manufacturer of Yasmin (of which Ocella is a generic), that their advertising was not providing sufficient facts about the pill’s side effects. They were also claiming that their birth control pill was far superior to others on the market and the FDA said they had no foundation for this statement. Five years after these warnings, these companies were continuing to foster misleading ad campaigns. The FDA again warned them that their ads were an exaggeration and that they were attempting to give the public the wrong impression. Additionally, the FDA had deemed that these particular types of birth control pills could only be marketed for the purposes of birth control and to treat mild acne and mild symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. However, they were being marketed heavily by their parent companies not jut for birth control but for acne, premenstrual syndrome, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Because of these exaggerated marketing campaigns, Barr manufacturing has issued another campaign to clarify previous statements about the uses of Ocella and be more specific about the possible side effects. These original ads about Ocella and similar products have led to dangerous and sometimes fatal side effects or serious health issues for a number of the women who had been taking Ocella.
Ocella Side Effects
There are claims that Ocella has been responsible for things as serious as heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and pulmonary embolisms, as well as many mild or medium side effects. These less severe symptoms are capable of causing more serious complications down the road that can require expensive treatments.
Even though there has been so many things revealed about Ocella and reports of health conditions and several side effects, the drugs is still marketed and prescribed by doctors. Barr is betraying the trust of patients, and any of those patients whose health has been affected by taking Ocella have good reason to seek out an attorney and attempt to be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.