Taytulla Birth Control Lawsuit
A Taytulla birth control lawsuit may be an option for women who have experienced serious complications associated with the birth control pill, including unintended or unwanted pregnancy. Following a voluntary recall issued by the birth control pill’s manufacturer, lawyers are looking into possible complications related to a packaging error discovered in May 2018.
Women who miss taking even one day of an oral birth control could be at a higher risk of pregnancy. Affected women and their families may be able to pursue a claim and recover compensation with the help of a dangerous drug attorney.
If you or a loved one have been adversely affected by a potentially dangerous drug, contact Attorney Group to learn about your options. We offer free, no obligation consultations. We can help answer your questions, and if you choose to pursue a claim we can connect you with an affiliated attorney who can assist you throughout the legal process.
Have You Seen a Taytulla Birth Control Lawsuit Commercial?
You may have seen a Taytulla birth control lawsuit commercial on television and wondered whether you or a loved one have been affected by it and similar drugs and, if so, whether you are eligible to pursue a claim against the drug manufacturer or distributor. The purpose of this article is to provide you with additional information about lawsuits and other litigation involving dangerous drugs so that you have a better understanding of your options.
Birth Control and Unintended Pregnancy
When used correctly and consistently, birth control (including oral contraceptives) can effectively prevent unintended or unwanted pregnancies. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the effectiveness of birth control pills “depends on correct and consistent use” and can be highly effective with typical use. When taken daily as prescribed, combined oral contraceptives can be 91 percent effective with typical use.
What is Taytulla?
Taytulla is a prescription birth control pill used by women to prevent pregnancy. Taytulla is a type of combined oral contraceptive that contains the hormones estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (norethindrone acetate). Taytulla does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV and AIDS.
Taytulla was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2013 and is manufactured by Allergan plc, a multinational pharmaceutical company formed in February 2015, when the company merged with Actavis Generics.
Taytulla Side Effects
According to the drug’s prescribing information, common side effects of birth control pills, including Taytulla, may include:
- Spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods
- Breast tenderness
Other, less common side effects may include:
- Less sexual desire
- Bloating or fluid retention
- Blotchy darkening of the skin, especially on the face
- High blood sugar, particularly in women who already have diabetes
- High fat (cholesterol, triglyceride) levels in the blood
- Depression, especially if you have had depression in the past
- Problems tolerating contact lenses
- Weight gain
The most common adverse reactions in clinical trials are headache, vaginal candidiasis, nausea, menstrual cramps, breast tenderness, bacterial vaginitis, abnormal cervical smear, acne, mood swings and weight gain.
Taytulla Birth Control Risks
Risks associated with the use of Taytulla may include the following:
- Thromboembolic Disorders and Other Vascular Problems – The use of combined oral contraceptives increases the risk of an arterial or deep venous thrombotic event.
- Liver Disease – Women with acute viral hepatitis or severe cirrhosis of the liver may need to discontinue use of combined oral contraceptives, including Taytulla. According to the drug’s prescribing information, studies have shown an increased risk of developing hepatocellular carcinoma in long term users of combined oral contraceptives.
- Risk of Liver Enzyme Elevations with Concomitant Hepatitis C Treatment – During clinical trials with certain Hepatitis C combination drug regimens, elevations in a liver enzyme were greater than 5 times normal upper limits (including some cases greater than 20 times) were “significantly more frequent in women using ethinyl estradiol-containing medications,” such as combined oral contraceptives.
- High Blood Pressure – Women with uncontrolled hypertension or hypertension with vascular disease should not use Taytulla. An increase in blood pressure has been reported in women taking combined oral contraceptives, and this increase is more likely in older women with extended duration of use. The incidence of hypertension increases with increasing concentrations of progestin.
- Gallbladder Disease – According to the drug’s prescribing information, studies suggest a small increased risk of developing gallbladder disease among those who use combined oral contraceptives.
- Carbohydrate and Lipid Metabolic Effects – Combined oral contraceptives may decrease glucose tolerance, and a small proportion of women will have adverse lipid changes while taking the pill.
- Headache – Some women may experience headaches when taking Taytulla.
- Bleeding Irregularities and Amenorrhea – Unscheduled bleeding and spotting sometimes occur in patients who take combined oral contraceptives, especially during the first three months of use. Also, women who are not pregnant and use Taytulla many experience amenorrhea, or an abnormal absence of menstruation or a menstrual period.
Adverse reactions voluntarily identified during post-marketing use included vascular disorders, hepatobiliary disorders, immune system disorders, skin disorders, musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, eye disorders, infections, nervous system disorders, psychiatric disorders, renal and urinary disorders, reproductive system and breast disorders, and cardiovascular issues.
Lauren A. on May 16, 2016
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Has There Been a Taytulla Birth Control Recall?
On May 29, 2018, Allergan plc issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Taytulla sample pack. According to a company announcement posted by the FDA, four placebo capsules were reportedly placed out of order in a sample pack of Taytulla. Patients in the U.S. who have used a Taytulla sample pack from Lot# 5620706, Exp. May 2019 and are concerned that they may have been impacted by this issue are advised to consult with your physician.
As a result of this packaging error, oral contraceptive capsules, that are taken out of sequence, may place the user at risk for contraceptive failure and unintended pregnancy. The reversing of the order may not be apparent to either new users or previous users of the product, increasing the likelihood of taking the capsules out of order.
Drug recalls are usually conducted by the drug manufacturer, by FDA request, or by FDA order. Potential litigation could possibly claim that the drug makers failed to disclose known side effects of the drug and that patients suffered damages as a result. Failure to warn of side effects of a drug can be a basis of drug company liability, regardless of whether the drug has been recalled.
Taytulla Birth Control Lawsuit Claims
In June 2018, a lawsuit filed in New Jersey alleges that a Florida woman became pregnant even though she had been taking Taytulla birth control as directed. The plaintiff claims that she received samples of the birth control from her doctor in January 2018 and learned that she was pregnant in March 2018. According to the lawsuit, capsules used by the plaintiff were part of the recall issued in May 2018.
Is There a Taytulla Birth Control Class Action Lawsuit?
At the time of this article’s publication, a Taytulla birth control class action lawsuit action has not been filed on behalf of patients who suffered serious complications. Taytulla birth control lawsuit attorneys are doubtful that a class action will be certified for patients who are adversely affected by the device.
Instead, if multiple lawsuits are filed against the manufacturers, alleging injuries and other damages caused by adjustable valves, shunts and similar medical devices, it is anticipated that these potential lawsuits will be consolidated for discovery and other pretrial proceedings.
When cases are consolidated in this way in federal court it is called multidistrict litigation (MDL), and on a state level it is known as a state court consolidated proceeding.
MDLs are distinct from class actions, and it is generally agreed that consolidating cases instead of proceeding in a class action is a more efficient and effective way of handling claims arising from injuries caused by defective medical devices.
In most cases that proceed in an MDL or state court consolidated proceedings, after a certain period of time initial trials, also known as bellwether trials, take place. The purpose of these trials is for the parties to get an idea of the types of evidence and arguments that will made, as well as to see how juries will respond to the evidence and arguments.
After a certain number of cases have been tried, the parties are in a better position to determine whether a case can be settled.
Have There Been Any Taytulla Birth Control Lawsuit Settlements?
Some dangerous drug lawsuits may settle early in the claims process. However, it is not expected that there will be any Taytulla birth control lawsuit settlements at this time. Instead, it is expected that Taytulla birth control lawsuits will be consolidated in federal court through an MDL. Taytulla birth control lawsuit attorneys note that the outcome of any case is never guaranteed, and past results are not necessarily predictive of future outcomes.
Taytulla Birth Control Lawsuit News
- June 2018Lawsuit reportedly filed against Allergan plc, manufacturer of Taytulla.
- May 2018Allergan plc issues voluntary recall for one lot of Taytulla sample pack.
- April 2013FDA approves Taytulla for the prevention of pregnancy.
How a Taytulla Birth Control Lawsuit Attorney Can Help
Drug makers have a duty to provide safe products. If there are risks of harm associated with their products, they also must provide adequate warnings. If a drug maker fails to fulfill this duty, it could be held liable in lawsuits for injuries that may result.
People injured by Taytulla, or other similar drugs, may be eligible to recover money for:
- Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages
- Pain and Suffering
The families of those who have died may be eligible to recover money for funeral expenses and the pain that comes with losing a loved one.