Our Boston drug injury lawyers represent clients who have suffered injuries or lost loved ones because they took Yaz or Yasmin birth control bills or some other type of contraception that left them with serious side effects. Unfortunately, Yaz injury cases continue to occur not just in the US but also abroad as more women develop health complications from taking the pills.
Recently, CBC News reported that both Yaz and Yasmin were linked to the deaths 23 Canadian women. According to Health Canada documents, over half of the victims were younger than 26. The youngest was a 14-year-old. The primary cause of death for most of them appears to have been blood clots, with a number of the women dying just weeks after starting to take the pills. They are reportedly not the only Canadian women to suffer after taking these contraceptions. Hundreds of Yaz/Yasmin lawsuits have been filed in that country.
Nearly a year ago, drug maker Bayer AG said that in the US alone settlements for Yasmin/Yaz injury cases had reached over $402 million. Also in 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration mandated that Bayer and other birth control makers place stronger blood-clot warnings on these medications.
Yaz and Yasmin Injury Cases
Yaz and Yasmin are linked to blood clots that can enter the heart, lungs, and brain, potentially causing deep vein thrombosis, stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolisms, and death. Other serious conditions that may occur from taking the oral contraceptions include gallbladder disease, myocardial infarction, and cerebrovascular accidents.
Among the allegations is that Bayer did not properly warn doctors and patients about the high risk of serious side effects involved with taking either Yasmin or Yaz, which also has been approved to treat Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder and acne. For a time, Yaz was the leading birth control pill in the US. Now, one too many studies show that this pill comes with a blood clot risk that is higher than other popular contraceptive pills.
In the past, the FDA complained that some ads for Yasmin and Yaz were misleading, perhaps even implying that the pills were clinically superior to other oral contraceptions. Bayer also was accused of running ads that encouraged use of the pills for purposes that the FDA had not approved, downplaying the health risks, or over-promising the benefits.
At Altman & Altman, LLP, our Boston Yaz blood clot lawyers would like to offer you a free case evaluation. We also work with clients that suffered blood clots from taking birth control brands Beyaz and Safyral.
Yaz, Yasmin birth control pills linked to deaths of 23 Canadian women: Health Canada, Global News, June 11, 2013
Bayer’s Yasmin Lawsuit Settlements Rise to $402.6 Million, Bloomberg, July 31, 2012
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