The birth control drugs Yaz and Yasmin were marketed by Bayer as safe, effective contraceptives with fewer side effects, resulting in use by more than 80 million women. However, recent studies have shown the drugs may increase the risk of serious blood clot conditions.
While there has not been a Yaz recall to date, experts have warned of the safety of these drugs and demanded that the FDA reconsider a ban on their sale. Bayer has also begun settling many of the more than 10,000 lawsuits filed by those injured.
Last year, both the British Medical Journal and FDA published studies finding that the hormone used in Yaz could increase the risks of blood clots by as much as 74%. These can cause severe conditions like stroke, DVT and pulmonary embolism.
This year, the Institute for Safe Medicine Practices reported that Yaz and Yasmin ranked second in 2011 for the number of complications reported to the FDA. Due to the popularity of the drugs, experts fear tens of thousands of women may be affected.
If you suffered a blood clot, stroke, pulmonary embolism or DVT after taking Yaz, it is important to speak with a lawyer. While there is no Yaz Recall, you may be entitled to substantial compensation from an ongoing settlement. Contact us today.
Since Yaz and Yasmin were released, the FDA has received more than 50 reports of death and hundreds of reports of injury among women taking the drugs. Although they warned Bayer of marketing practices and ordered label changes to advise patients of the risks, they have yet to issue a Yaz recall.
In December of 2011, the FDA assembled an advisory board to address the safety risks of Yaz. The group voted 15 to 11 that the benefits of the drug outweighed the risks and therefore did not recommend a Yaz recall. However, it was later discovered that at least four board members had financial ties to Bayer.
As news of Yaz side effects grew, more than 10,000 women filed lawsuits over their injuries in a special federal court. Bayer began settling these lawsuits in 2012 and is continuing to compensate patients with certain injuries. Lawyers are still helping those affected file claims.
Anyone who suffered a blood clot, DVT, stroke or Pulmonary Embolism after taking Yaz or Yasmin is urged to contact the Drug Resource Center or speak with a lawyer about their legal options.
Lawsuits for defective drug injuries can be complex legal matters. Before choosing a lawyer, make sure they are qualified to handle this type of case, have experience fighting large drug companies, and have the resources to finish your case.
The Drug Resource Center works with only the top defective drug law firms in the country to make sure your case is handled properly and you recover quickly.
Contact us today for more information on Yaz, the side effects of the drug, and current litigation. We are available 24 hours a day to provide help.
Authored by Chris Schroeder