Bayer Healthcare is the giant pharmaceutical company that released both Yaz and Yasmin onto the market. Yaz was approved for marketing in 2006 as an oral contraceptive that suppresses ovulation, fertilization, and implantation for the purpose of preventing pregnancy. Both Yaz and Yasmin were different from previous birth control pills because they contained a unique form of progestin known as drospirenone. This is a “fourth generation” progestin that was not used by any other birth control pills prior to Yaz and Yasmin. Since drospirenone is new, there was very little data that supported its safe use.
Prior to the sale of Yaz and Yasmin to Bayer, the FDA issued a warning to Berlex Laboratories for a failure to communicate that the potential to increase potassium is a risk. Various studies have shown that drospirenone has the ability to cause an increase in the potassium levels in the blood, which can then lead to a condition known as hyperkalemia. If left untreated, hyperkalemia can be fatal because it disrupts the normal heart rhythms and allows blood clots to form. Additionally, Yaz is marketed as having the ability to reduce water retention and bloating that is common with premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). If Yaz leads to an excessive loss of fluids, however, women using this form of birth control can be at an increased risk for blood clots.
Despite all of these warnings and red flags, Yaz and Yasmin were released onto the market and quickly became some of the most popular birth control pills in our country. Yaz was also proudly marketed by Bayer as a treatment for acne and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which greatly increased the range of women who decided to take this pill. In fact, Yaz was touted as a “miracle drug” and was the top-selling birth control pill in the United States in 2008 and 2009.
In May of 2011, more than five years after the FDA first issued a warning that Bayer was exaggerating the benefits of Yaz and minimizing the risks associated with this leading birth control pill, the FDA issued another safety alert. This alert, entitled “Birth Control Pills Containing Drospirenone: Possible Increased Risk of Blood Clots.”, showed that the blood clot risks associated with Yaz may be higher than other birth control pills that contain a different progestin. In fact, a study by the British Medical Journal in October of 2011 revealed that Yaz and Yasmin users experienced twice as much blood clot risk as women who used older contraceptives.
Thousands of injuries and deaths have occurred as a result of using Yaz, and countless lawsuits have been filed against Bayer over the years. In October of 2012, it was reported that Bayer had settled 3,490 Yaz cases for around $750 million, and many lawsuits have yet to be settled. Some of the most common complications experienced in association with Yaz include:
If you or your loved one have suffered any of the adverse side effects listed above, or other serious effects like hyponatremis, hyperkalemia, heart arrhythmias, electrolyte imbalance, or sudden death, you should take action immediately. Yaz and Yasmin are also known for the gallbladder problems they have caused. These pills are diuretics, and some women have had to undergo surgery for gallbladder removal because of nausea, diarrhea, abdominal bloating, jaundice, and other bad symptoms.
Many people are unaware of the ongoing lawsuits against Bayer for Yaz and Yasmin, and 70 Yaz pulmonary embolism lawsuits against Bayer were settled in March of 2012. Contact a New York City injury attorney at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., immediately so that you can learn about your rights and how to proceed with seeking justice and compensation.
With more than $200 million recovered for injury victims in the past, the New York City dangerous drug lawyers at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, P.C., have proven their ability to take on all types of dangerous drugs cases. Thousands of women have filed Yaz lawsuit cases against Bayer for blood clots, strokes, pulmonary embolisms, and other injuries, and you can start your claim when you contact our firm for a free case evaluation. You may end up deciding to join a class action lawsuit, or you may decide to file a claim of your own. Regardless of what your current situation may be, contact our firm today to learn about how you can best move forward.