The prescription birth control medication Yaz, once a widely popular contraceptive choice for women, has become the focus of legal controversy over the past few years, as women prescribed the drug have reported serious and sometimes life-threatening side effects in their legal claims against the drug’s manufacturer, Bayer Pharmaceuticals. The drug was originally prescribed to women ages 14 years and up as a method of oral birth control, but it had also been prescribed as a treatment for moderate acne. Women who have used this drug and suffered injuries and severe side effects because of it are seeking just compensation.
Despite being subject to the standard clinical trials and FDA approval – as with all other prescription medications – it is more difficult to determine side effects for contraceptive drugs like Yaz and Yasmin because they lack placebos in tests and trials. For several years, women have reported serious, life-threatening ailments and injuries, allegedly from using Yaz. These side effects include deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder disease, pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks, strokes, and sudden death.