ADVOCATING FOR VICTIMS OF DANGEROUS BIRTH CONTROL MEDICATIONS
Yaz (drospirenone/ethinyl estradiol) is a pharmaceutical drug prescribed to prevent pregnancy, treat the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and to treat moderate acne in women who also desires an oral contraceptive for birth control. Manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Yaz was one of the top selling birth control medications in the United States. Yaz is also sold as Ocella, Yasmin, and Bayez.
Common side effects of Yaz include:
- Breast tenderness
- Irregular uterine bleeding
- Gallbladder disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Heart attack
SEVERE CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH YAZ
In 2008, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required Bayer to put a black box warning on Yaz labels warning women who smoke that they may be at an increased risk of serious heart-related side effects when taking the birth control medication. Bayer was hit with thousands of lawsuits from women claiming Yaz caused pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, strokes, gallbladder disease, and deaths. Bayer has paid out over $1 billion in settlements to victims of the dangerous drug.
In 2012, the FDA revealed the findings of studies that showed drospirenone birth control medications can cause an increased risk of blood clots compared to other oral contraceptives. The prescription information on these types of contraceptives have been changed to reflect this danger. Bayer also put aside millions of dollars to address lawsuits relating to thousands of gallbladder injuries.
INJURED AFTER TAKING YAZ? CONTACT AN EXPERIENCED DANGEROUS DRUG LAWYER
Birth control medications like Yaz are effective forms of contraception and provide many women with relief of menstrual-related pain. Unfortunately, these drugs have been found to cause serious and potentially fatal side effects that drug manufacturers have failed to properly notify patients of. When they fail to properly disclose dangers, people’s lives are put at risk. Pharmaceutical companies continue to put profit before safety, and each year people are injured and their lives may never be the same. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dangerous birth control drug, contact Thomas J. Henry. We have experienced pharmaceutical litigation attorneys ready to hear your claim and provide you with a consultation, free of charge. If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation.