Thousands of Women Suffer After Taking Yaz, More Personal Injury Cases Going to Court
Yaz, and its sister drug Yasmin, are hormonal birth control pills that have come under fire in the past several years for dangerous and damaging side effects, including blood clots and strokes.
Yasmin was approved for use by the FDA in 2001, and Yaz was approved in 2006. Both drugs are manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Bayer. Both of these forms of hormonal birth control are part of a larger group of hormonal birth control pills that use estrogen and progestin components, called Combination Oral Contraceptives (COCs). Discovered in the 1960’s, these steroidal components suppress ovulation, fertilization, and implantation to prevent pregnancy.
Shortly after COC’s were introduced to the market, doctors and researchers found that the pills could increase chances of blood clots, heart attacks and arrhythmias, and strokes, compared to women not taking the pills. Second and third generation progestins were developed to help combat the problem, and Bayer later developed a fourth generation progestin, drospirenone, which no other birth control on the market contains.
Yaz and Yasmin personal injury lawsuits allege that multiple medical studies as well as numerous complaints to the FDA prove that this fourth-generation progestin is harmful, and is unsafe for use because of its harmful side effects. They claim that Bayer has been negligent in leaving the drug on the market, and that the company failed to warn consumers and health professionals of the drug’s dangers. Many of the Yaz and Yasmin personal injury lawsuits claim marketing misrepresentation – Bayer released several television and print ads alleging that Yaz and Yasmin were safer alternatives to other forms of birth control, but the company knew that was unsubstantiated.
A current multidistrict litigation (MDL) against Bayer – MDL 2100, US District Court, Southern District of Illinois – has consolidated over 9,000 personal injury cases against Yaz and Yasmin, and accuse the manufacturer of fraudulent concealment, strict liability, breach of implied and express warranties, negligently failing to warn, negligence, fraud, and engaging in deceptive trade policies. Plaintiffs seek recovery of medical costs because of the dangerous side effects from Yaz and Yasmin, as well as compensation for mental and emotional damages and lost wages.
Two new lawsuits were filed against Yaz and Yasmin at the end of the year last year. The first, filed on October 16th, came from a plaintiff in Southern Illinois who alleges that she suffered a pulmonary embolism because she took Yasmin. She says she started taking Yasmin in 2008, and a mere few months after she began taking the new birth control, she suffered a pulmonary embolism.
The second lawsuit, filed by Texas resident Denise Jackson on November 25th, claims that Yaz was responsible for a stroke she suffered in 2011. She seeks $350,000 in damages for serious pain and suffering, as well as medical, hospital, and surgical costs.
The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Personal Injury Claims Against Yaz and Yasmin
Our Yasmin and Yaz lawyers are investigating and evaluating potential lawsuits throughout the United States for claims on behalf of victims who took the drug and now suffer from:
- deep vein thrombosis (blood clots),
- pulmonary embolism,
- heart attacks
- and death.
The lawsuits that are currently filed claim product liability, negligence and failure to warn claims against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceutical.
Call the Strom Law Firm for a free consultation regarding your Yaz or Yasmin personal injury claim to see if we can help you. Even if you do not hire us, we can make sure you are on the right path and know what to do next. 803.252.4800