Yaz and Yasmin, manufactured by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, are the top-selling birth control pills in the United States. However, these products have been linked to blood clots, strokes, heart attacks and other health problems.
If you believe that you or a loved has been sickened or injured as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin, you have important legal rights and may be entitled to financial compensation. The prescription drug injury attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm, P.A. can help you understand your legal options and provide you with an uncommon level of experience and expertise.
In the United States, at least 74 lawsuits have already been filed against Bayer by women who believe they have developed health problems as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin. The problem is not confined to America. In Sweden, drug regulators recently launched an investigation into the death of a woman who was taking Yaz and whose death was caused by a pulmonary embolism.
Yaz and Yasmin, like many modern oral contraceptives, use a combination of two hormones, progestin and estrogen, to prevent pregnancy. Yaz and Yasmin differ from other contraceptives in the progestin the drug uses. Both Yaz and Yasmin contain 3 mg of the progestin drospirenone, but contain different amounts of the drug’s estrogen component, ethinyl estradiol. In August 2009, European researchers linked drospirenone to an increased incidence of potentially fatal blood clots.
Blood clots are extremely dangerous because of their ability to strike without warning with a fatal blow to the body’s most essential organs. Blood clots can quickly travel through the circulatory system and become lodged in the brain, lungs or heart. By obstructing blood flow, blood clots can cause heart attacks, stroke and death in otherwise health women.
Federal drug regulators have twice admonished Bayer for overstating the benefits of Yaz and Yasmin while failing to inform consumers of the dangerous risks they carry. In February 2008 and again in March 2009, the FDA warned Bayer that its advertisements for Yaz and Yasmin violated the U.S. Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act by minimizing the “serious risks associated with use of the drug.” Drug regulators also ordered Bayer to stop marketing Yaz for treatment of the symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) because it had not received approval for that purpose.
We think drug makers should be held accountable when they encourage consumers to take their products but minimize the serious risks associated with them. That’s why if you or a loved one has been sickened or injured as a result of taking Yaz or Yasmin, we will provide you with competent, effective representation and do everything we can to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve, including money for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact our Yaz or Yasmin Injury Attorneys for Help
Drug manufacturers like Bayer will provide their own talented attorneys to defend their products. If you choose to pursue a claim, you need the legal team of the Louthian Law Firm to vigorously represent your rights and interests. Contact the Columbia, South Carolina drug injury lawyers of the Louthian Law Firm P.A. at (803) 454-1200 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation.