Yaz is the top-selling birth control pill in the nation. According to Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz, it contains a hormone called drospirenone which has not previously been marketed in the United States. Yasmin is another similar oral contraceptive also containing drospirenone. Yasmin is manufactured by Berlex Laboratories which was purchased by Bayer in 2006. Ocella has been marketed as a generic form of these drugs and is chemically similar.
These oral contraceptives are considered “fourth generation” birth control (unlike older, second and third generation oral contraceptives containing alternate hormones). Drospirenone is a synthetic hormone with the potential for different and harmful effects on a woman’s body. In some cases, drospirenone can increase a woman’s blood potassium to dangerous levels as well as cause injury to the heart, pancreas, gall bladder and kidneys. Across the country, an increasing number of Yaz birth control lawsuits have been filed alleging serious and potentially life-threatening injuries after women used the oral contraceptive.
Unfortunately, some users of these medications have suffered serious side effects such as strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolism, gallbladder disease, kidney failure, and even sudden death. Women suffering injuries due to using Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella may be eligible to file lawsuits for their losses. Current lawsuits claim that Bayer, Berlex Laboratories and Barr Laboratories, Inc. (the manufacturer of Ocella), should be held responsible for these injuries.
Many plaintiffs are arguing that their decision to use Yaz was the result of television commercials and print advertisements deemed misleading by The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As a result, the FDA required Bayer to correct its marketing campaign and Bayer spent $20 million on retractions. Plaintiffs are taking the position that they may not have switched to Yaz if the advertisements had been truthful. The ads implied that the medication could be used to treat or cure symptoms for which it was not FDA-approved including mild acne, irritability, moodiness and bloating. Even though the birth control had not been approved for these medical conditions, its commercials claimed otherwise.
States have time limits in which cases must be filed or they will be forever barred. As a result, it is critical that you contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately.
Goldberg & Osborne is dedicated to helping injured people nationwide and is currently accepting cases involving Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella. For a FREE case evaluation, please call us toll-free at 1-800-THE-EAGLE (1-800-843-3245) or fill out a short and simple online case form.