Quasense Lawsuits Info
Quasense is an oral contraceptive manufactured and marketed by Watson Labs. It is a generic version of the patented contraceptive Seasonale, produced by DuraMed Pharmaceuticals and licensed in 2003 by the FDA.
Seasonale was the among the first “extended cycle” oral contraceptive, a pill that alters menstrual cycles so that they occur four times a year instead of thirteen. When Quasense was brought to the market in 2006 DuraMed sued Watson over patent violations. While the Big Pharma lawyers debated the patent issue, Quasense begin to build up a litany of complaints about side effects from the Watson generic product.
Side Effect Complaints From All Directions
Many of those complaints came from former Seasonale users, who had switched to the generic version for reasons of cost or because a health insurer insisted on it. Generally, the complaints included bloating, weight gain, headaches, loss of energy, loss of libido, mood swings and depression. Vaginal spotting is also a common complaint – or breakthrough bleeding, as it is called in reference to a contraceptive that suppresses menstruation.
In addition, several Quasense users developed dangerous blood clots that were precursors to pulmonary embolisms or strokes. Some women actually suffered strokes, not dissimilar from the experiences of many Yasmin and Ortho Evra users. Quasense has been on the market for three years at this point and continues to demonstrate side effects for a substantial number of the women who have opted to take it.
Side effects for this chemical formula are not confined to Quasense. In 2004 when Seasonale was on the market exclusively, the FDA objected to a marketing campaign engineered by DuraMed which the Agency felt was misleading. The ad was overly positive and failed to mention the breakthrough bleeding that, in the FDA’s words, is “common” with the use of Seasonale.
Serious Medical Problems Develop
However with Quasense the reports of serious clotting and injury from the clotting have been persistent. There has been at least one death associated with Quasense and a pulmonary embolism. The internet is littered with posts from users who are returning to a previously used contraceptive in order to escape the mood swings and weight gain, to say nothing of cardiopulmonary incidents. Women who smoke and who are over 35 years of age are at higher risk of these serious side effects.
If you are experiencing dizziness during current use of Quasense you should see a doctor immediately. If you have developed serious and incapacitating health problems associated with this contraceptive you should consult an experienced attorney who is familiar with pharmaceutical liability cases. Please fill out the brief Free Case Evaluation form to the right and someone will be in touch with you shortly.