June 18, 2012 – Last month, a former Yaz user filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical giant Bayer after she allegedly suffered blood clots leading to a life-threatening pulmonary embolism (PE). First approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, Yaz is a widely-prescribed oral contraceptive that combines estrogen and drospirenone to prevent pregnancy. The new Yaz pulmonary embolism lawsuit was eligible to join the Yasmin/Yaz Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2100).
Yaz Lawsuit Update 7/31/12: The number of lawsuits filed against pharmaceutical giant Bayer on behalf of women allegedly injured by Yaz and Yasmin continues to grow by leaps and bounds around the country, as the federal multidistrict litigation (MDL) for the cases recently surpassed asbestos as the largest in the nation. All of the complaints involve similar allegations which state that Bayer knew – or should have known – about the health risks involved with its blockbuster birth control pills, but that it failed to inform the public and medical communities about this risk.
Yaz Lawsuit Update 7/9/12: After nearly six months of settlement negotiations, Bayer has reportedly reached agreements with approximately 33 different law firms to resolve at least 1,444 Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits. All of the claims were filed on behalf of women who suffered blood clot-related injures after taking the company’s blockbuster birth control pills.
Free Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered a blood clot after taking Yaz, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
The Yaz pulmonary embolism (PE) lawsuit was filed on behalf of Massachusetts resident Janel Mahon in Illinois Southern District Court (case no. 3:2012cv10881) on May 15, 2012. According to court documents, Mahon filed the claim after she suffered blood clots leading to a pulmonary embolism from Yaz. The plaintiff claims she began using Yaz in November 2006 and subsequently developed blood clots from the drug leading to the PE event in December 2009. Mahon’s case was consolidated into the Yasmin/Yaz Multidistrict Litigation (MDL 2100).
If a blood clot (thrombus) forms in one of the body’s veins (deep vein thrombosis), it may break off and migrate into the circulatory system and travel (embolize) through the heart and become lodged in one of the branches of the pulmonary artery of the lung. The PE may then clog the artery that provides blood supply to part of the lung, preventing the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide, as well as decreasing blood supply to the lung tissue itself. If left untreated, this situation causes the lung tissue to die (infarct).
Signs and symptoms of a Yaz-induced pulmonary embolism event may include (but are hot limited to):
- Sudden chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Painful or labored breathing
- Blue-tinged discoloration of the skin (cyanosis)
- Erratic heartbeat
In April, Bayer announced that it had settled a number of blood clot lawsuits involving its Yasmin line of birth control products for approximately $142 million. As of April 18, there were nearly 12,000 complaints pending in courthouses around the country on behalf of women who allegedly suffered serious injuries – some of them fatal – from the use of Yaz and Yasmin.
On April 10, the FDA issued a press release announcing that it was requiring Bayer to update Yaz and Yasmin warning labels to include information about the increased risk of blood clots compared to other progestin-containing birth control pills.
Do I Have a Yaz Lawsuit?
The Product Liability & Defective Drug Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Yaz lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new blood clot cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you developed a blood clot after using Yaz, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.