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Yaz Birth Control Lawsuit

Lawsuits are now being filed nationwide against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, the makers of the birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and the generic equivalent Ocella.

More and more women are coming forward to report the injuries they suffered while taking Yaz. A study published recently by the British Medical Journal found that women who take Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella have a 200% higher risk of suffering serious side effects and injury than women who take other brands of birth control pills.

These serious side effects occur because of the synthetic hormone drosperinone, which is the active ingredient in Yaz, Yasim, and Ocella. Drosperinone has been shown to dangerously increase the potassium levels in the blood causing side effects such as stroke, heart attack, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pancreatitis, gall bladder disease, and even death in some cases.

While the FDA has not yet taken any of these products off the market, they have issued Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals three warning letters in the past starting in 2003 for repeatedly using false and deceptive advertising practices and minimizing the health risks associated with Yaz, Yasim, and Ocella. The FDA stated that "The TV ads are misleading because they broaden the drug's indication, overstate the efficacy of VAl, and minimize serious risks associated with the use of the drug."

In February of 2009 the FDA forced Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals to run a new ad campaign to correct the deceptive statements made in their commercials. But many experts say that this new information doesn't go far enough in stating the dangers and health risks associated with these drugs.

The FDA also ordered Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals to include a black box warning on all packages of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella declaring the risks associated with their product. But Bayer only stated that "...the risks of blood clots with Yaz and Yasmin are similar to those with other oral contraceptives."

What Bayer is trying to get away with saying is that while Yaz can pose serious health risks, these health risks are no different from any other type of birth control pills. This is untrue. The facts show that the use of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella present considerably more risk to women than other forms of oral contraceptives. These higher risks of serious side effects are because of drosperinone, which is not used in other birth control pills.

As of July 2009 approximately 50 women around the world who took Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella have died as a result of complications from blood clots. There are also thousands of cases where women have reported injuries from strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms and gall bladder disease.

Once again the public is faced with a pharmaceutical company putting profit ahead of patient safety. We stand firm in our belief that Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals should be held responsible for the pain and suffering so many women have experienced due to taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.

With these deceptive practices, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has effectively taken away each individual woman's right to informed consent. Many women and doctors were unaware of the increased risks associated with taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella, and with these new black box warnings, doctors and patients will continue to be ill informed of just how dangerous these drugs are.

It's equally baffling why the FDA would force Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals to run new ad campaigns to correct the misleading statements their commercials made, but not do the same for their deceptive black box labeling practices.

We care about the women whose lives have been so dramatically affected by these drugs. If you are looking for a Yaz attorney to assist you with filing a claim against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, contact us for more information.

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