Yaz Attorney

Yaz, a drug made by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, is an oral contraceptive prescribed to women to prevent pregnancy, to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and to ease acne outbreaks. It is also prescribed under the names Yasmin and Ocella.

The drug works similarly to other birth control pills by preventing ovulation. But unlike other oral contraceptives, Yaz has been plagued with potentially serious and – in some cases — fatal side effects.

Potential Yaz Problems Downplayed

All prescription drugs have risks, you hear about them on television commercials and from your pharmacist regularly. Bayer, however, is facing continued legal scrutiny for potentially downplaying the risks associated with Yaz.

Yaz lawyers have alleged that Bayer failed to inform patients of the very real risks associated with the drug, leading to serious medical problems. If you have suffered in this way, call a Yaz injury attorney today.

The difference between Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, and other oral contraceptives is that the previous three drugs combine the hormone estrogen with a synthetic form of progestin called drospirenone. This substance is not found in other birth control pills and is likely the source of the negative side effects associated with Yaz and its related products.

As a matter of fact, studies have shown that oral contraceptives containing drospirenone have a significantly higher rate of serious side effects than those that do not contain this active pharmaceutical ingredient. That includes a study by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that showed a 74 percent increased risk of blood clots when compared with drugs that do not include drospirenone.

What Side Effects Are Linked to Yaz?

But just what are these serious side effects? Some of the most major side effects associated with Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella include:

  • Cardiac Arrhythmia
  • Kidney Failure
  • Strokes
  • Heart Attacks
  • Blood Clots
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Sudden Death

In 2008, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) subsequently required that Bayer change their advertising to reflect the known dangers associated with the ingredient drospirenone.

The company spent more than $20 million in updating their commercials in order to reflect this mandate, advising women of the risk of heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and other potentially serious side effects. Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella remain on the market to this day. Many women have suffered serious medical problems because they weren’t fully informed of the dangers associated with these drugs.

Had they known that their risk for heart attacks, strokes, and death would increase with these oral contraceptives, many would have likely opted for another birth control alternative. Many of those women who were harmed in this way have subsequently turned to legal remedies.

How a Yaz Lawyer Can Help

There are numerous pending lawsuits across the country involving Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and the women who took Yaz. All federal cases involving these drugs have been centralized in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Patients across the country who have experienced some of the more serious side effects from taking Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella may also be entitled to a claim against the company. The best way to determine if you have a valid civil claim is to speak with a mass torts.

Price Benowitz LLP can help you find an attorney who is well-versed in this area of the law, and who has extensive experience with litigating these types of bad drug cases. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us to schedule a free consultation.