Strokes, pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are just a few of the dangerous side effects which may entitle you to claim financial compensation through a potential Yaz birth control lawsuit.
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Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Yasmin and Yaz, has already settled approximately 4,800 cases worth over $1 billion and has reportedly set aside an additional $1.5 billion for cases still pending litigation.
Latest 2015 Update: Patient filed lawsuits against the popular birth control pills have risen to over 10,000 against Bayer Pharmaceuticals over adverse complications and other side effects. The number is expected by our Yaz injury attorneys to continue to rise.)
The number of lawsuit complaints led to their consolidation into an MDL (multidistrict litigation), setup to handle legal claims of a similar nature.
The Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits being filed against Bayer allege that the company was negligent, failed to warn doctors and consumers about the potential risks associated with the use of the drugs, and are liable for damages caused by the use of these products.
Personal injury law firms across the U.S. are continuing to investigate patient claims of related adverse effects. Yaz attorney concerns have been raised about dangerous side effects including: death, gallbladder disease, strokes, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), heart attacks and other injuries. At the time of this writing, a Yaz birth control recall has not been issued, despite lawyers concerns over the drug's safety.
If you have a potential side effect claim, share what happened with our defective drug lawyers now to discuss what legal action may be open to you over what you experienced.
Yaz and Yasmin are both oral contraceptives that combine estrogen with a progestin (drospirenone) to prevent pregnancy. Manufactured by Bayer Healthcare, the pills offered patients the two hormones, with progestin not commonly used in other birth control pills.
Yasmin was approved for use by the FDA in 2001 and Yaz was approved in 2006.
The difference between the two drugs is the dosage of estrogen. Yasmin contains 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol, while Yaz contains a lower dose of 20 mcg, while both contain a dose of drospirenone. Yasmin injury claims and Yaz are treated similarly because the dangerous side effects alleged are believed to be caused by the progestin hormone included in the pills.
The progestin used in Yaz and Yasmin is a fourth generation progestin called drospirenone. Leading Yaz lawyers believe progestin to be the cause of problems. Drospirenone has not been used in any other oral contraceptives besides Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz and Safyral (generic versions of these drugs).
Both drugs have also been used to treat certain types of moderate acne in women and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).
Safety concerns have been raised warning women may be put at higher risk for a number of health problems because of the drospirezone. Research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2011) revealed a 1.5 to 2 times higher risk for blood clots. A third study in (BMJ) found the risk to be approximately double for women ingesting drospirenone.
Plaintiffs attorneys argue Bayer Healthcare failed to warn women of the venous thrombotic risks in taking Yaz.
According to the FDA, over 50 deaths have been reported associated with Yaz and more from similar birth control pills with thousands of filed complaints alleging dangerous side effects.
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Yaz attorneys argue the danger from drospirenone arises from the fact that it increases blood potassium levels, which can cause blood clots and disrupt the rhythm of the heart. These blood clots are thought to cause pulmonary embolisms and strokes.
One recent study has now shown a 20% increased risk for gallbladder disease in women taking Yaz or similar contraceptives because of their diuretic effect. If diagnosed, treatment may require the surgical removal of the gallbladder. The research was conducted by the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) and again revolves around the use of drospirenone.
The study included 2,721,014 women, 27,087 of which required a laparoscopic cholecystectomy or surgical removal after a gallbladder disease diagnosis. The study found a statistically significant increased risk in the women ingesting drospirenone.
Following surgical removal can be afflicted by abdominal pains, diarrhea, bloating and other complications for years.
You may be able to file an individual Yaz gallbladder disease lawsuit over the injuries you suffered, if you were diagnosed, you should discuss your options with your lawyer right away.
The Yaz & Yasmin lawsuits primarily allege Bayer was negligent in informing doctors and patients regarding the potential risks associated with the use of drospirenone. Having failed to warm women of the dangerous side effects prior to use, they may be liable for injuries suffered.
In addition, they also overhyped the benefits of the new drug and advertised it for non-FDA approved uses such as relief of muscle aches and fatigue, PMS, and bloating.
Pending Yaz litigation claims against the drugmaker argue it led to their developing health complications ranging from pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis, strokes, heart attacks, kidney damage and failure, as well as gallbladder disease and damage.
The FDA sent a letter to Bayer advising them of the falsehood of their television advertising and that Yaz and Yasmin have risks not clearly reported by Bayer.
Bayer then spent $20 million on correcting the television advertising, but did continue to advertise the drugs extensively and they remain one of Bayer's top selling prescription drugs despite complication claims in the tens of thousands.
More recently, the FDA has required Bayer to revise the drug labels to strengthen warnings about blood clots after an FDA study showed that these oral contraceptives can raise a user's risk of blood clots by nearly 74%.
Legal experts point out that reporting to the FDA is typically vastly understated and there have likely been hundreds of deaths that can be attributed to the use of drospirenone containing oral contraceptives.
With nearly 5,000 lawsuits already settled (total funds set aside for Yaz settlement amounts now in the billions), it is estimated that there are an additional 13,500 lawsuits pending with more coming every month.
Bayer has already paid out $1 billion in settlements without claiming any liability, and, as stated earlier, has set aside an additional amount of $1.5 billion for future settlements and legal costs.Review My Case Now
If you or someone you love was affected by stroke, blood clots, deep vein thrombosis, kidney, gallbladder damage, heart attack or death, which you believe was a side effect of your birth control, find out from our Yaz lawyer what legal options may be available.
A successful legal action may result in recovery of significant financial compensation for your injuries. Additionally, a successful suit will hold the drugmaker accountable for what you experienced.
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