As more and more women are coming forward with the side effects they have suffered because of their prescribed use of Yaz, it’s becoming evident that there are inherent dangers that stem from this specific method of birth control. Side effects such as heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, gallbladder disease, and many other health complications ranging from minor to severe have been linked to Yaz and similar contraceptive medications. Yaz is one of many newer, fourth generation contraceptive drugs using drospirenone, a synthetic progestin that is very successful in preventing pregnancy. A yaz lawsuit may be a possibility for you.
Originally created and manufactured as Yasmin by Berlex Laboratories in 2001, Yaz was reintroduced in 2006 when Bayer Healthcare assumed control of Berlex and the FDA gave the contraceptive approval. For the past three years, Yaz has become the most popular and profitable birth control method in the United States, as Bayer has marketed the drug intensely and made it a favorite of physicians nationwide. However, the very same marketing campaigns that Bayer used for Yaz and competing companies used for their similar drugs have been chastised and criticized for being misleading and in some cases untrue.
The first red flag was raised in 2003 when the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to Berlex that the marketing campaign for Yasmin was not providing any information regarding possible side effects, and that the company’s claim of Yasmin’s superiority to competing methods of birth control was unfounded. Five years later, with Bayer now operating a much larger and more intensive ad campaign for Yaz, the FDA again warned that the claims of superiority were hyperbole and misleading, and additionally warned that the marketing of Yaz as anything more than birth control was unacceptable. Bayer had also been marketing the contraceptive drug as a treatment for acne, premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder. The FDA had only approved the use of Yaz in mild cases of acne and PMDD.
This irresponsible marketing campaign has led to the current campaign of television ads in which Bayer has had to correct previous statements about Yaz’s usefulness and side effects. This new advertising campaign is costing Bayer more than $20 million. Ultimately, this false advertising and shady marketing has led to harmful, if not fatal, side effects and serious health complications for many of the women who have used Yaz for contraceptive or other purposes.
Yaz is being accused of causing side effects as severe and harmful as strokes, heart attacks, blood clots, gallbladder disease and pulmonary embolism. The drug has also been allegedly responsible for a wide variety of minor and medium side effects, which can eventually lead to more serious health complications over a long period, requiring costly medical attention. If you or a loved one is experiencing or have experienced any types of side effects associated with Yaz, regardless of the reason that it was prescribed, see a physician immediately and get the proper treatment.
Despite these new revelations and increasing reports of health issues and multiple side effects, Yaz continues to be marketed and prescribed, and remains the most popular form of birth control in the U.S. By continuing to market this drug, Bayer is violating a trust with patients and those patients and the victims of Yaz’s side effects have the right to be legally represented and compensated for their medical expenses and their pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one have or are still taking the prescription birth control drug Yaz and have experienced or are experiencing side effects, it is your legal right and personal obligation to consult with an attorney to discuss your legal options. The Newsome Law Firm is devoted to making sure that you and your family are protected and compensated for the damages Yaz has caused to you and your loved ones.