Yaz and Yasmin


SETTLEMENT EVALUATIONS ARE CURRENTLY UNDERWAY FOR YAZ, YASMIN, AND OCELLA CASES

JUNE 2011 UPDATE

YAZ, YASMIN, AND OCELLA LITIGATION

Last September, 18-year-old Michelle Pfleger collapsed on the way to class at her college. The emergency team rushed Michelle to a nearby hospital. Despite their efforts, they were unable to save Michelle. In May 2011, Joan Cummins, Michelle’s mother, filed a lawsuit against Bayer charging that its birth control drug Yaz caused the blood clot that killed Michelle.

While all birth control pills pose a risk of blood clots, new studies published in April 2011 found that the risk of blood clots for women who used birth control pills containing drospirenone, which include Yaz, Yasmin, Beyaz, Safryl, Ocella, and Gianvi, was two to three times higher than for women taking birth control pills containing levonorgestrel, which is found in earlier generation oral contraceptives.

Last week, the CBS Early Show aired an interview of Ms. Cummins as part of a story on the safety of Yaz. Two days earlier, the FDA announced that it is evaluating the risk of blood clots in women who use birth control pills that contain drospirenone. The FDA’s announcement came soon after the European Medicines Agency stated that it is updating the product information on oral contraceptives with drospirenone on the risk of blood clots.

Here is a link to the CBS Early Show video clip.


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Since 2009, Branch Law Firm has represented women across America injured by Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella on a contingency fee basis. You will not be charged any fees unless we recover compensation for you.

If you or a loved one has suffered any serious injuries while taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, please call toll free 1-800-828-4LAW for a free Yaz lawsuit case evaluation or fill out our short online contact form. One of our Yaz lawsuit attorneys will promptly contact you to answer your questions about the contraceptives Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.

Yaz Lawsuits Against Bayer Healthcare

Marketed as “wonder drugs,” the oral contraceptives, Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella have been linked to an increased risk of death, blood clots and strokes. These popular birth control pills contain droprirenone – a synthetic progestin recently approved for use in the United States.

Yasmin (“Yaz”) was introduced by Berelex Laboratories as a combined oral contraceptive and approved by the FDA in 2001. Berelex was acquired by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in 2006. In October 2008 the FDA issued a Warning Letter citing Bayer for misleading the public by broadening the drug’s indication, overstating the efficacy of Yaz, and minimizing serious risks associated with the use of Yaz. Specifically, two TV advertisements (“Not Gonna Take It” & “Balloons”) mislead the public about Yaz’s use for PMS and Acne. There are concerns that Yaz is not appropriate and has not been evaluated for the treatment of PMS (premenstrual syndrome), only PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder.) Additionally, Yaz has only been approved for moderate Acne, not all severities of Acne.

Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella Side Effects

Researchers have found that women who take Yaz and Yasmin, have a higher risk of developing many serious side effects than those who take other types of birth control pills. These side effects include:

  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • Blood clots in the legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis/DVT)
  • Blood clots in the lungs (Pulmonary Embolism/PE)
  • Gall bladder disease

Women taking Yaz and Yasmin have been found to be at an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Otherwise healthy women have reported strokes after taking Yaz and Yasmin, both as a result of blockage or clots (ischemic) and bleeding (hemorrhagic).

Women taking Yaz and Yasmin have also been found to be at an increased risk for blood clots. Blood clots are serious conditions and may become life threatening if the clot travels from the leg to the lungs. Side effects may include pain, pregnancy complications, an increased possibility of clot recurrence and permanent placement on blood thinners.

Branch Law Firm represents women who have been injured by Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella on a contingency fee basis. You will not be charged any fees unless we recover compensation for you.

If you or a loved one has suffered any of the above-mentioned serious injuries while taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, please call toll free 1-800-828-4Law for a free Yaz lawsuit case evaluation or fill out our short online contact form. One of our Yaz lawsuit attorneys will promptly contact you to answer your questions about the contraceptives Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.