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Yaz Lawsuit

Yaz  pills and packagingThere are few things harder to fathom than being prescribed a seemingly harmless form of birth control only to be seriously physically impaired, end up a vegetable or see one’s life tragically cut short.  Yet thousands of Yaz and Yasmin-related complaints are alleging variants of this very thing.  Their plights are eliciting the sympathies of Eisbrouch Marsh’s competent team of product liability lawyers, who are committed to representing personal injury victims’ very best interests.

If you have suffered a deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or other serious side effects that you believe resulted from taking the popular birth control Yaz (or Yasmin), your injuries matter to us.  The attorneys of Eisbrouch Marsh want to fight for justice on your behalf—for your sake and to hold negligent drug manufacturers accountable.

Yaz and Yasmin uses 

The pharmaceutical giant Bayer first released the orally administered, hormonal contraceptive Yasmin in 2001, followed by its counterpart Yaz in 2006.  These birth control pills are distinguished by the synthetic progesterone “drospirenone,” (similar in chemical composition to certain diuretics); and not long after their introduction became a popular alternative to reigning birth control pills of the day—primarily because drospirenone supposedly causes less weight gain than other birth control pills.

An aggressive worldwide marketing campaign aided the popularity of the drug: Yaz and Yasmin were portrayed not just as “The Contraceptive Choice,” but also as a safe convenient panacea for a whole range of symptoms often associated with women’s menstruation: bloating; acne; depression and anxiety; you name it. In quick time, the drugs hit the top of a short list of most popular birth control pills, so that by 2010, the drug remained the second-best-selling product in Bayer’s history, totaling $1.5 billion in sales.

Yaz/Yasmin side effects—blood clots, pulmonary embolism

This rapid rise in popularity soon let show a dark underside, however—one that Eisbrouch Marsh Yaz attorneys have been carefully following.  By the year 2012, some 10,000 lawsuits had made their way into the court system, brought by women and their families alleging they suffered blood clots as a result of Yaz and/or Yasmin.  In addition to these Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits, the pills have earned the epithet “the most complained-about drug on the Internet”—this according to a 2012 article in Ms. Magazine.  In other words, whether or not they are coming forward with lawsuits, thousands of women are firing up the blogosphere and heating up online chat rooms with irritated and angry complaints about their experience with the Bayer contraceptive.

Multiple independent studies have by now confirmed that women on Yaz and/or Yasmin birth control pills face an alarmingly higher risk of blood clots (and in turn pulmonary embolism and stroke) than women not taking these pills—an increase in risk quantified as anywhere between 50 and 75 percent.

At stake now in pending lawsuits are questions regarding how much information, if any, Bayer knowingly withheld from the public pertaining to the dangers of Yaz and Yasmin.  If the drug maker can be shown to have deliberately misled women regarding the safety of Yaz and Yasmin pills—in other words, showed clear negligence in withholding critical data, as a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suggested—the company will find itself up to its neck in settlement pay outs.

Already, the company has allocated more than $1.4 billion to settle nearly 7,000 lawsuits pertaining only to blood clots.  In other words, $1.4 billion may be the tip of the iceberg in a financial hit of truly glacial proportions for Bayer and its subsidiaries.

Women taking Yasmin and/or Yaz have reported the following serious side effects:

  • pulmonary embolisms
  • heart attacks
  • DVT
  • strokes
  • gallbladder disease
  • elevated potassium levels (which can affect cardiac health and be a sign of underlying kidney disease)

These side effects, plaintiffs allege, are serious enough to mean a dramatic reduction in quality of life; in other words, most of these conditions are reportedly not just life- threatening; they are permanently life-changing, demanding multiple medical interventions and therapies across a whole lifetime.

FDA hesitates on recall, raising questions about ties to Bayer

Thus far the FDA has refrained from issuing a recall regarding Yaz and Yasmin.  Notably, four members of the FDA advisory committee tasked with reviewing the pill and related allegations have financial ties to Bayer, despite their claim of no conflict of interest.

This apparent conflict of interest has prompted the non-profit oversight group Project On Government Oversight (POGP) to launch a sharp dismissal of the FDA advisory committee’s findings.  In a letter to the FDA, POGO’s executive director, Danielle Brian, wrote: ““Because of the industry ties of these members, the joint committee’s conclusion—which amounted to an endorsement of the safety of these oral contraceptives—should be disregarded.”

Eligibility for filing a Yaz lawsuit

The apparent public dangers of a drug like Yaz/Yasmin can be rendered less harmful by speaking out: if while taking Yaz or Yasmin you have suffered serious injuries, you can help yourself and potentially thousands of other women whose lives may be endangered as a result of taking these pills.

Take, for example, the case of the 20-year-old, Chicago woman Maggie Yunker.  She had been taking birth control pills for a year before her doctor urged her to switch to Yaz.  Within one year of using Yaz, Yunker, who had no health insurance at the time, suffered a stroke that required a month of initial hospitalization, followed by lifelong appointments with a neurologist and hematologist.

Yunker, who received a Yaz lawsuit settlement of $237,000 from Bayer, still owes more than $20,000 in hospital bills, now regularly takes a blood-thinning medication and expects to suffer from intense head pain and double vision for the rest of her life.  The settlement from Bayer will at least alleviate some of the accompanying financial pain related to Yaz side effects.

To learn how you may be eligible for compensation for Yaz-induced injuries, contact the law offices of Eisbrouch Marsh today to arrange for a complimentary consultation with one of our seasoned personal injury lawyers.

  1. Ms. Magazine Blog, “Just How Safe is Yaz?  Women Need to Know!” http://msmagazine.com/blog/2012/02/09/just-how-safe-is-yaz-women-need-to-know/
  2. MEDCity News, “Bayer has spend $1.4 billion to settle lawsuits over Yaz,” http://medcitynews.com/2013/09/bayer-has-spent-1-4-billion-to-settle-lawsuits-over-yaz/