A new lawsuit filed against pharmaceutical giant Bayer alleges that its popular birth control drug Yaz caused the September 2010 death of an 18 year old woman who had been taking the medication as an acne treatment. The victim died when a blood clot entered her lungs, causing a lethal drop in blood pressure. Between 2004 and 2008, more than 50 deaths have been reportedly connected to Yaz and Yasmin.
Yaz / Yasmin Lawsuit Update 8/2/12: According to a second quarter stockholders newsletter released this week, pharmaceutical giant Bayer is poised to pay out more than $1.2 billion to settle lawsuits filed on behalf of individuals allegedly injured by Yaz and Yasmin side effects.Yet despite the massive payout, Bayer will still face thousands of lawsuits over Yaz and Yasmin in the near future.
Yaz Lawsuit Update 6/18/12: 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) event. The plaintiff claims she began using Yaz in November 2006 and subsequently developed blood clots from the drug leading to the PE in December 2009.
Free Yaz 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?
May 16, 2011 – Last week, a Yaz wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals on behalf of a New Jersey teenager who died from a pulmonary embolism while taking the medication for acne. The victim was a college student in North Carolina who allegedly collapsed suddenly when a blood clot entered her lungs, causing a sudden drop in blood pressure that led to cardiac arrest.
Yaz (drospirenone & ethinyl estradiol) is a once-a-day birth control pill that was first approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in March 2006. Its approval was later expanded to include acne treatment as well as for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which is a more severe version of PMS that interferes with daily activities. Yaz’s unique progestins makes this newer birth control pill potentially more dangerous than other oral contraceptives.
Side Effects of Yaz
The following serious and potentially life-threatening side effects have been associated with Yaz:
- heart attacks
- severe blood clotting
- deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- sudden death
- gallbladder disease
- pulmonary embolism
There are currently about 7,000 lawsuits pending against Bayer nationwide alleging that the company failed to adequately warn the public and medical communities about the risk of potential side effects. Of the more than 50 deaths attributed to Yaz and Yasmin, many young women experienced cardiac arrest, pulmonary embolisms and strokes, with elevated levels of potassium in the blood frequently reported. Yaz litigation has been consolidated at the federal level as part of a multidistrict litigation (MDL) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. There are also hundreds of cases pending against the manufacturer on the state level.
The first Yaz bellwether lawsuits are on track to being in early 2012, and will be used to gauge the strengths and weaknesses of cases involved in the litigation. Depending on the outcome of the bellwether lawsuits, a Yaz settlement may be possible for other cases involved in the litigation.
Do I Have a Yaz Blood Clot 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.