Many women have reported that the prescription birth control drug Yaz causes serious health consequences associated with its use. Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Yaz, has been targeted in numerous lawsuits because of reported side effects in women, some as young as 14, who have been prescribed this popular contraceptive.
Because of limitations imposed in testing of contraceptives, many side effects of Yaz were unexpected. The drug, which in some cases was even prescribed as an acne treatment, has been reported to cause a variety of symptoms that can include heart attacks, stroke, pulmonary embolisms, thrombosis and gallbladder problems. Yaz, the related drug Yasmin, also made by Bayer, and the generic variant Ocella have also been suspected in at least 50 cases of sudden death.