October 1, 2012 – In what appears to be the latest in a wave of similar litigation, a California woman has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Bayer alleging that its blockbuster birth control pill Yaz caused her to develop serious side effects. The new claim is the most recent of more than 1,200 similar complaints filed on behalf of former Yaz users who suffered blood clots, strokes, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and gallbladder disease after taking the drug. Bayer has already paid out more than $402 million to settle a number of Yaz lawsuits, and the company has reportedly set aside another $610.5 million to settle future claims.
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What’s the problem?
The new Yaz lawsuit, which was filed last month on behalf of Lucie Skalova in Los Angeles Superior Court, brings a total of 11 counts against Bayer, alleging, among other things, that the company:
- did not adequately test Yaz before bringing it to market;
- manufactured and sold a defective product;
- failed to adequately warn both the public as well as the medical communities about the risks associated with taking Yaz.
Additionally, Skalova alleges that Bayer’s television ad campaign intentionally misled consumers into believing its line of contraceptives were safe and superior to other similar products on the market. Her complaint points out that Bayer ultimately had to shell out $20 million to correct the commercials.
Yaz and its predecessor Yasmin both contain the active ingredient drospirenone, a newer, so-called ‘fourth generation’ synthetic progestin that has been found to cause blood clots. A study commissioned by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found that women who took drospirenone-based contraceptives were more than twice as likely to develop life-threatening blood clots compared to women who used other forms of birth control. In response to these findings, an independent advisory panel to the FDA convened to discuss whether Yaz and Yasmin should be recalled. The panel ultimately ruled against recalling the drugs outright, instead opting to require Bayer to update the drugs’ warning labels to include information about the risk of blood clots. Following the panel’s ruling, several women’s groups sent a joint letter to the FDA protesting the move to keep Yaz and Yasmin on the market, saying the drugs were putting women’s lives at risk.
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