Oral Contraceptives

Yaz and Yasmin have been the subjects of thousands of lawsuits against their manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals.

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The lawsuits allege that Bayer failed to warn of the risks of Yaz and exaggerated its benefits. The most serious of the pills’ side effects include stroke, blood clots, pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

A November 2011 study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and trial results published by the FDA in October 2011 found that oral contraceptives which contained drospirenone (DRSP) were shown to increase blood clots (also known a Venous Thrombotic Events)risks by 75%. Following these studies and another performed December 2011 an FDA Advisory Panel voted to strengthen the warning label on the Bayer products of Yaz, Yasmimin, Beya, and Safyral to reflect potentially fatal blood clots.  What makes blood clots so dangerous are their ability to travel throughout the body causing risks to you heart, lungs and other organs, possibly even resulting in death.  It is believed that the risks are elevated because these products are made with a synthetic form of progestin known as drospirenone. The higher level of potassium produced by drospirenone may increase the risk for blood clots.  These studies cause even more alarm because the FDA has been warning the maker of these products, Bayer Healthcare about the possible risks these can cause, since 2003.

In addition to strokes and blood clots, gallbladder disease is a serious Yaz side effect reported by women using Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, Safyral and other drospirenone-contained contraceptives. The hormones in birth control pills can increase cholesterol levels in bile and decrease gallbladder movement, which can lead to gallstones which can cause serious problems if they become trapped in the bile ducts. Laproscopic gallbladder surgery is the most common treatment. Following gallbladder surgery women are then are faced with gallbladder removal side effects.

Yaz and Yasmin are oral contraceptives used to prevent pregnancy. They are also indicated for the treatment of symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in women who choose an oral contraceptive. They are also indicated for the treatment of moderate acne in women 14 years of age and older.

Bayer marketed YAZ and Yasmin as effective treatments for variety of conditions associated with menstruation, like acne, body aches, and mood swings. The FDA previously announced that Bayer exaggerated Yaz and Yasmin’s benefits while insufficiently addressing their risks.

If you or a loved one has suffered a stroke, blood clot, or gallbladder disease as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin, please contact the attorneys at Pogust, Braslow & Millrood, where Protecting Consumers Is Our Primary Goal. We will evaluate your case, explain all of your options, and work to assure that the appropriate parties are held responsible.