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The Difference between Yasmin and Yaz

There has been a lot of attention on the combined contraceptive pills Yasmin and Yaz because of the rash of lawsuits pinpointing the products in the death or serious injury of thousands of women. Drug maker Bayer has so far managed to settle 6,700 defective pharmaceutical lawsuits which formed part of the Yaz and Yasmin Multidistrict Litigation in Southern District of Illinois, agreeing to pay a total of $1.4 Billion as of August 2013, but another 5,000 lawsuits are still pending resolution.
Both Yasmin and Yaz are considered 4th generation oral contraceptive pills. They use a combination of drospirenone and an estrogen i.e. ethinyl estradiol to inhibit ovulation.

Essentially, the main difference between Yasmin and Yaz is in the formulation. Yasmin, which first came out in 2001, contains a third more ethinyl estradiol than Yaz, which came out in 2006. Yaz is considered an improvement on Yasmin, although there are some cases when Yasmin is the better choice because it is associated with milder side effects. Yaz is sometimes prescribed for the treatment of acne and to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (severe premenstrual syndrome). However, Yaz is considered more of a health risk than Yasmin.

Both Yasmin and Yaz are taken over a 28-day period, but while Yasmin has 21 active and 7 palliative (inactive) pills, Yaz has 24 active and 4 palliative pills. This could be the reason why the side effects, if they occur, are said to be more severe with Yaz. Some doctors prefer to prescribe Yasmin because it is the older drug and less likely to spring a nasty surprise down the road than the younger Yaz.

It should be noted that even though the chances of severe side effects is lower with Yasmin, the use of either Yasmin and Yaz carry health risks which some consider to be beyond acceptable levels. If you are prescribed for either Yasmin or Yaz, be sure to question your doctor closely about any risk factors which will make you more vulnerable to complications.

Illegal Drugs Can Kill, Including Molly

The New York Electric Zoo music festival, an annual multi-day celebration held on Randall’s Island that emphasizes the end of the summer season, had to be ended after two days due to the death of a couple of revelers who were alleged to have taken an overdose of the party drug Molly.

The victims, 23-year-old Jeffrey Russ from Rochester, N.Y., and 20-year-old Olivia Rotondo from Providence, R.I., were among the thousands of participants of the loud, lively party that featured all genres of electronic music, live acts from various countries along with hometown favorites and international DJs.

Prior to collapsing and dying, Olivia Rotondo was said to have told doctors that she had six hits of Molly. The drug Molly (short form of molecule), a synthetic, psychoactive drug, is the purest form of methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), Ecstasy’s main ingredient. An agent from the Drug Enforcement Agency said that the use of the name Molly began only in 2008, but it has been glamorized much in pop culture, being referred to in songs, even, by Miley Cyrus, Kanye West, Madonna and Rick Ross.

Users of the drug experience a rise in body temperature and blood pressure, plus faster heart rate; they also experience a prolonged burst of energy and feel as if “all is right in the world.” Though seemingly a friendly and harmless name, Molly is actually a dangerous drug.

Brain Injuries from Construction Accidents

The most recognizable item in the construction industry is the hard hat, and for a very good reason. The risk of sustaining brain injuries from construction accidents is very real, and because of the nature of the work and working at heights, such injuries can be extremely serious.

According to the website of Pohl & Berk, LLP, there are four types of brain injuries, namely:

  • Brain Damage
  • Memory Loss
  • Sensory Loss
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries

Any of these types of brain injury may lead to total and permanent disability in some form and they are seldom reversible. Even when the injury is treatable, it can take time and several treatments to recover a reasonable degree of function. The costs of emergency treatment, surgery, rehabilitation and medication can be prohibitive and can strain the pockets and capabilities of most people.

Among the most common construction accidents that can lead to brain injuries, according to the NY construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP on their website include falling hazards, crane collapse, scaffolding defects, slip and fall, even construction vehicle accidents. Many construction accidents can be attributed to the failure of the construction company to provide a safe working environment, to provide the proper safety gear, to provide adequate training for the use of equipment, vehicles and safety gear, to implement and enforce safety regulations and policies, or any combination of the four. In such instances, fault can be laid at the door of the employer, who may then be held liable for any and all expenses related to the underlying construction accident. The NY construction accident attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP mention facts on their website about falling hazards, crane collapse, scaffolding defects, slip and fall, even construction vehicle accidents. Many construction accidents can be attributed to the failure of the construction company to provide a safe working environment, to provide the proper safety gear, to provide adequate training for the use of equipment, vehicles and safety gear, to implement and enforce safety regulations and policies, or any combination of the four. In such instances, fault can be laid at the door of the employer, who may then be held liable for any and all expenses related to the underlying construction accident.

If you or a family member sustained brain injuries from construction accidents stemming from some kind of negligence on the part of the employer or site manager, a civil tort case may be a helpful and legitimate way for you to recover some amount of damages from the responsible party. Engage the services of a well-practiced brain injury lawyer to help you build your case.

The Costs of Pharmaceutical Defects

Modern medicine has been a boon to mankind in many ways. It has extended the life span and improved the quality of life of most people on the planet. An article on the website of Nashville-based law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. states that potent drugs have become an integral and effective part of modern medical treatment. But there is also a dark side to this, and that is the tendency to “pop pills.”

People have become dependent on “wonder drugs” and “magic cures” to address health problems which back in the day did not even exist. In many cases, a common sense approach to a problem would solve it without the need to resort to the medicine cabinet, but it has become much easier to pop a pill and a call it good. As a consequence, there is a greater chance of encountering pharmaceutical defects that could result in serious injury and health complications. And the damage control and treatment costs of pharmaceutical defects can very well reduce one to bankruptcy.

A good example is the use of certain oral contraceptives that seemed to be a godsend to women who wanted to avoid pregnancy but feared gaining weight, which is a common side effect of many oral contraceptives. This new formulation did just that, but it turns out later that it caused dangerous levels of blood clotting which could lead to deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or stroke. Each of these complications require extensive and lifetime treatment and care at great cost. It also means loss of income, pain, suffering, and even death.

There are unfortunately quite a few drugs that turn out to have fatal flaws. For many people, the financial burden of the costs of pharmaceutical defects can be overwhelming. If the costs of pharmaceutical defects has pushed you to the brink of bankruptcy, you should know that you may be able to get back some of what you have lost with the help of a pharmaceutical liability lawyer. You have nothing to lose by trying.