While the more than 4,000 Yaz lawsuits proceed slowly, looking back to reports on one of Bayer’s most popular and profitable pill might shed some light on the reasons behind the mounting lawsuits. In July of 2009, CBS Business Network reported that Yaz caused an alleged 50 deaths between 2004 and 2008, according to claims made by plaintiffs. More and more lawsuits continue to be added to the already long list.
Part of the frustration that has led many women to file claims against Bayer is due to the company’s insistence on ignoring multiple studies and legal claims linking the ingredients in Yaz and Yasmin to a greatly increased risk for heart attack, stroke, gallbladder disease, and thromboembolism. Newsome Law Firm reported in October 2010 that studies dating back to 2002 revealed a connection between Yasmin and increased risk of venous thrombosis.
The women and their representatives who have filed claims have alleged that Bayer ignored the results of multiple studies, did not conduct enough research, and failed to warn women of the serious risks incurred by taking Yaz Yasmin, and their generic equivalent, Ocella.
In 2008, the FDA warned Bayer to cease with over-promoting its birth control products and minimizing the risks in company advertisements for Yaz and Yasmin. The FDA has received scores of complaints about the controversial birth control pills and still neglects to remove the drugs from the market. In fact, the FDA has continued to approve Bayer birth control pills throughout the past couple of years.
Edwards, Jim. (July 14, 2009) “Suits Claim Bayer’s Yaz Caused 50 Deaths; Novel Theory of Blood Clot Causation.” Retrieved on October 21, 2010 from the CBS Business Network.
Newsome Law Firm Staff. (October 13, 2010) “Multiple Studies Revealed Dangerous Side Effects of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Years Ago.” Retrieved on October 21, 2010 from the Newsome Law Firm.