Yaz birth control pills have been linked to a number of serious and potentially life-threatening side effects, including bloods clots, heart attack and stroke.
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin, has paid out over $1 billion in thousands of cases filed by women who allegedly suffered dangerous side effects. If you have been harmed by the use of Yaz, you may be able to recover monetary damages for your injuries by filing a Yaz lawsuit.
Our class action attorneys can investigate your claim and help you determine if you are entitled to file or join a class action yaz lawsuit.
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Yaz Side Effects
Yaz is an oral contraceptive combination drug that contains estrogen (ethinyl estradiol) and progestin (drospirenone). Yaz was approved for use in 2006.
Just years after its approval, allegations of life-threatening side effects began to arise. In 2011, a study of 330,000 women taking birth control pills that contained drospirenone, an active ingredient in Yaz, revealed that these women were at an increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The chances of a DVT traveling to the lungs is more than 50 percent higher with drospirenone pills.
In 2012, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released its findings on the association between blood clots and drospirenone birth control pills. According to the FDA, these pills may be associated with a higher risk for blood clots than progestin-containing pills.
Some other side effects associated with Yaz include:
- Heart attack
- Gallbladder infections
- Pulmonary embolisms
Certain risk factors, such as high blood pressure and cardiovascular issues, can increase the chances of suffering side effects.
If you believe that your health problems are a result of taking Yaz, contact our experienced lawyers for a free consultation. You may be entitled to file a Yaz lawsuit and recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, loss of quality of life and mental anguish.
Misleading TV Ads
In 2008, the FDA sent a warning letter to Bayer Healthcare in regard to the company’s misleading TV ads.
One TV ad, entitled "Balloons,” featured distracting visuals, graphics, concurrent supers and background music. According to the FDA, these distractions undermined the communication of important information on the drug’s health risks. The FDA believed the visuals were misleading and suggested that Yaz was safer than was demonstrated.
The FDA also said the ads overstated the drug’s effectiveness, broadened its use and minimized its risks. The violations essentially encouraged the use of the drug for reasons beyond what it was approved for and over promised these benefits.
While Yaz has not been evaluated for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome, the ads misleadingly suggested the drug could be used to treat that condition. The TV ads also misleadingly broadened the use of Yaz for acne.
The warning letter noted that Yaz actually carried additional risks compared to other birth control pills because it contains drospirenone, a progestin that can cause excess potassium production in some patients.
In response, Bayer agreed to run a $20 million advertising campaign to correct the impressions that were created by the initial advertising campaign. Through 2014, the company also had to submit all Yaz ads for approval.
For more information on filing a Yaz lawsuit, call Gordon & Doner at 1 (855) 722-2552.
Contact a Yaz Lawsuit Attorney
Bayer Healthcare is now facing federal lawsuits over its dangerous contraceptive. In 2015, the company settled another 1,200 Yaz lawsuits for $57 million. Still, many more women await justice after suffering complications as a result of Yaz.
At Gordon & Doner, we are investigating claims of women who have been injured by the use of the contraceptive. If you or a loved one has been harmed after using Yaz, you may be entitled to file a claim for your injuries. However, you need to explore your legal options before it is too late. Our qualified Yaz lawsuit attorneys can help you determine if you have a case.