Yaz, once a widely used and prescribed method of birth control for women, has recently become the center of more than 4,000 lawsuits over the past several years, as women using the drug have reported severe and even life-threatening side effects in their legal claims against Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the company that manufactures both Yaz and the similar Yasmin. Yaz was prescribed to women ages 14 years and up as a method of birth control, but it had also been prescribed as a treatment for moderate acne. To date, it has been associated with as many as 50 deaths.
Through the height of the drug’s popularity, women have reported these serious side effects as a result of taking Yaz, according to their lawsuits. Contraceptives like Yaz, despite going through the standard clinical testing for prescription medications, are more difficult to test for side effects because they don’t have placebos in the trial stages. These side effects include heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder disease, pulmonary embolisms, and sudden death.