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Lawsuits Allege Death As Side Effect Of Yaz, Yasmin

Lawsuits Allege Death As Side Effect Of Yaz, Yasmin

We may never be 100 percent certain just how many women have died from conditions related to the effects of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella. While it may prove impossible to gauge a precise figure, at least 50 out of 4,000 plaintiffs are families that have suffered the loss of their mother, sister, or daughter after having been prescribed one of Bayer’s popular birth control pills.

A CBS Business Net article published in June of 2009 reports on an early suit filed against Bayer over a death allegedly caused by Yaz. The 2009 suit states, “Defendants have been warned at least three times by the FDA; in 2003, 2008 and 2009, for misleading the public through the use of ads which overstate the efficacy of YAZ and/or its predecessor Yasmin, and minimize serious risks associated with the drug.”

Another CBS article in July of 2009 reports on the number of deaths through 2008. A lawsuit filed during that time states, “In fact, in less than a five-year period, from the first quarter of 2004 through the third quarter of 2008, over 50 reports of death among users of Yasmin and Yaz have been filed with the FDA,” the article quoted.

A more recent article published in the Elon University Pedulum in November 2010 reports on the case of Michelle Pfleger, a freshman at Elon, who died on September 24, 2010 while taking Yaz. Pfleger’s mother, Joan Cummins, has filed suit against Bayer. She claims that Yaz caused the clots that led to her daughter’s death. Pfleger was prescribed Yaz for acne, although one of the listed “common side effects” of Yaz is an increase in acne.

The Pendulum reports, “The day before she died, Pfleger had been treated with an analgesic by a physician due to a knee injury. Cummins said it was a normal injury, which raised questions about where the clots came from.” Cummins and her lawyers agree that the clots most likely came from Yaz. Now it is up to the courts to decide.

References:

Baldas, Tresa. (July 14, 2009) “Bayer Sued Over Safety of Popular Birth Control Pills.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from Law.com.

Dodson, Jack. (November 4, 2010) “Pfleger’s mother plans to sue contraceptive company Yaz.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from the Elon University Pendulum.

Edwards, Jim. (July 14, 2009) “Suits Claim Bayer’s Yaz Caused 50 Deaths; Novel Theory of Blood Clot Causation.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from the CBS Business Network.
 

Florida Decision Weekly Wrap-up 05/07

Florida Decision Weekly Wrap-up 05/07

WEEKLY CASE LAW UPDATE WEEK ENDING MAY 7, 2010

 CAMPBELL, et al. v. ALTEC INDUSTRIES, INC., et al. Case No. 09-13472. United States Circuit Court for the 11th Judicial Circuit. May 3, 2010.

[Torts. Product Liabilty. Statute of Repose]

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Florida Decision Weekly Wrap-up 04/16

Florida Decision Weekly Wrap-up 04/16

BELTRAN, AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF CRUZ vs. RODRIGUEZ et al. Case No. 3D09-903. 3rd DCA. April 14, 2010.

[Torts. Negligence. Wrongful Death. Vehicle Accident] 

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Fentanyl Brain Patch Deaths Spark Increase In Legal Action

Fentanyl Brain Patch Deaths Spark Increase In Legal Action

An Illinois woman, Betty J. Pellazri, died on March 8, 2009 after reportedly applying a prescribed pain patch the previous night. Her body was discovered the next morning by her boyfriend. Cause of death was determined by a coroner as an overdose of Fentanyl. Her son filed a wrongful death lawsuit on March 5 against Mylan laboratories, the maker of the patch. This death is one of an ongoing history of Fentanyl patch use.

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Botox death lawsuit filed in Indiana over death of young girl

Botox death lawsuit filed in Indiana over death of young girl

The parents of a 10-year old girl with cerebral palsy who died in 2008 have filed a lawsuit against Allergan, Inc. and the doctors who treated their daughter because they used Botox in an attempt to treat her conditions. The doctors at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indiana used the controversial cosmetic drug to appease the girl’s muscle spasms, despite the fact that Botox has never been approved for such use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Toyota recall issues lead to fourth wrongful death lawsuit

Toyota recall issues lead to fourth wrongful death lawsuit

A single-vehicle crash that occurred in 2007 has sparked the fourth wrongful death lawsuit against Toyota in conjunction with the string of recent recalls by the world’s leading automobile manufacturer. Tyrene Livingston was driving to her internship on October 26, 2007, when a defect in her car’s electronic throttle system allegedly caused the car to drive across three lanes of traffic, through a barrier and into some woods. The 21-year old college student suffered severe injuries that proved to be fatal.

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