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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.
 

News Coverage Explores Plaintiffs’ Claims Over Yaz, Yasmin Adverse Effects

News Coverage Explores Plaintiffs’ Claims Over Yaz, Yasmin Adverse Effects

Seemingly scarce news coverage has emerged about the personal struggles endured by thousands of women who were prescribed Yaz since its approval by the FDA in 2006. One might expect such a large number of lawsuits to generate hundreds of articles and interviews, and a lot more attention on the company who makes the pills. However, Bayer continues to market and produce its controversial prescription contraception with approval from the FDA.

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Yaz, Yasmin Web Sites Put Happy Face On Controversial Drugs

Yaz, Yasmin Web Sites Put Happy Face On Controversial Drugs

Over the past few months, we have brought you current news and updates related to the pending Yaz lawsuits against Bayer Health Care. Over 4,000 women so far have filed suit against the company for adverse effects ranging from gallbladder disorders and blood clots to stroke, heart attack and death.

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Bayer Profits Rise While Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella Lawsuits Mount

Bayer Profits Rise While Yaz/Yasmin/Ocella Lawsuits Mount

News coverage of the more than 4,000 lawsuits filed against Bayer HealthCare remains scant at best. A few news outlets have covered various details about the substantial health risks incurred by young women who take Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella and other generic replicas of the popular birth control pills. Recent coverage of Bayer consists of reports of 3rd quarter earnings.

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Bayer Sets Aside 50M Euros For Yaz/Yasmin Defense As Profits Rise

Bayer Sets Aside 50M Euros For Yaz/Yasmin Defense As Profits Rise

There has been surprisingly little news coverage surrounding the Bayer birth control controversy. Over 4,000 women and their families have filed suit in the United States against the multinational pharmaceutical company. Most stories about the Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella lawsuits deal with individual consumer experiences of adverse side effects of the drugs.

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Do Profit-Driven Motives Overshadow Patient Safety In Yaz, Yasmin Cases?

Do Profit-Driven Motives Overshadow Patient Safety In Yaz, Yasmin Cases?

Birth control pill prices continue to rise while Bayer sets aside money in preparation to defend against thousands of claims that the company failed to adequately warn young women of the potentially heightened risks involved with taking Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella. Bayer continues to release new products containing the same ingredients as Yaz without seriously considering the health and safety of the individuals affected by their products. Some articles have claimed that as many as 50 women have died as a result of the adverse side effects of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella.

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Yaz, Yasmin, and Gallbladder Disease

Yaz, Yasmin, and Gallbladder Disease

As the 4,200+ cases against Bayer over the serious side effects and alleged injuries and deaths caused by Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella proceed, it remains unclear exactly how the drug might be responsible for gallbladder damage. There is a correlation between increased gallbladder issues and the use of the drugs, but doctors and lawyers have yet to demonstrate exactly how the problem arises.

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Bayer/FDA release risky pills despite thousands of lawsuits

Bayer/FDA release risky pills despite thousands of lawsuits

In May of 2010with thousands of lawsuits pending against Bayer for birth control drugs Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocellathe FDA found it suitable to approve Bayer’s new pill, Natazia. In September of 2010, with over 4,000 lawsuits filed, the FDA approved the release of Beyaz, another birth control pill with the exact same active ingredients as the contested Yaz and Yasmin. Natazia contains a different formulation of ingredients, but still may draw fire as the litigation proceeds.

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Bayer Ordered to Supply Courts With Secret Yaz/Yasmin Files

Bayer Ordered to Supply Courts With Secret Yaz/Yasmin Files

Multi District Judge David Herndon – the judge presiding over the 3,000 lawsuits against Bayer in East St. Louis, Illinois – recently ordered the company to reveal formerly redacted information in millions of pages of documents submitted to the courts, an article in the Madison St. Clair Record reports. Workers are currently searching over 33 million pages of documents to find each redaction and determine whether it must be un-redacted before the court proceedings.

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Added Vitamins Won’t Make Beyaz Any Safer than Yaz or Yasmin

Added Vitamins Won’t Make Beyaz Any Safer than Yaz or Yasmin

In a startling move, the FDA approved Beyaz, a birth control pill with the same controversial ingredients as lawsuit embroiled Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella. The difference between those pills and Beyaz is 451 mcg of levomefolate calcium, otherwise known as folic acid. Critics of Bayer and the FDA claim that the company has released Beyaz as a way to boost sales, even with thousands of lawsuits pending against the company.

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