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Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Lead To Heightened Stroke Risk, Plaintiffs Claim

Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Lead To Heightened Stroke Risk, Plaintiffs Claim

When you read about huge class action lawsuits or multidistrict litigation in the news, it can be easy to forget about the individuals who have suffered personal tragedies and losses. Once the individual cases get lumped together with thousands of others, the information can be simplified. What was experienced directly by individual women in the Yaz lawsuits translates into a cold, impersonal list of symptoms. Remember, however, that each of the 4,000 plaintiffs went through their own challenges while using Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella.

KOCO News of Oklahoma City recently reported on the case of Susan Gallenos. Only one month into starting her Yaz prescription, Gallenos had a stroke. She had to have part of her skull surgically removed to help reduce swelling in her brain. The article reports that her IQ dropped to 77 and that when she returned home to her children, they experienced her as a different woman.

Gallenos is not the only woman who suffered a stroke while taking Bayer’s birth control pills. Brenda Hamilton of New Jersey had been taking Yasmin for about two years when she endured a serious stroke. She was 27 at the time. A Fox News article quoted Hamilton saying, “I’m pretty angry that this happened to me. I was 27 at the time. I don’t think this should be happening to young women. It shouldn’t happen to any woman just because they take birth-control pills.”

One of the main points that is common among many of the plaintiffs’ claims against Bayer is that the company knew of the statistically higher risks of the active ingredients in Yaz and Yasmin, but did not inform doctors and patients of those facts. None of the 4,000 women who have filed suit knew that there were other, less risky choices available to them at the time they were prescribed the controversial birth control pills.

References:

Blanton, Anita. (November 4, 2010) “Investigation Uncovers Birth Control Problems.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from KOCO Oklahoma City.

New York Post Staff Writer. (June 7, 2010) “Actress Sues Bayer, Claims Birth Control Pill Caused Stroke at 27.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from Fox News.

Wakeman, Jessica. (June 6, 2010) “ “Wicked” Actress Sues Yasmin Birth Control Over Her Stroke.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from The Frisky.

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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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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Multiple Studies Revealed Dangerous Side Effects of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Years Ago

Multiple Studies Revealed Dangerous Side Effects of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Years Ago

Over three thousand lawsuits have been brought against Bayer over the dangerous side effects of drospirenone, an ingredient unique to Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella birth control pills. Plaintiffs in the lawsuits claim that Bayer kept information about the danger of the drugs secret for years. A British Medical Journal study revealed a connection between Yasmin and venous thrombosis in 2002.

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Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Pose Risk Of Serious Side Effects

Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella Pose Risk Of Serious Side Effects

Since 1960, women in America have used birth control pills as a contraceptive measure. While the drugs have always been accompanied by side effects, some pills have caused worse effects than others. Public, scientific, and legal attention has been drawn to three drugs in particular, Yaz, Yasmin, and their generic equivalent, Ocella. Thousands of lawsuits are currently pending against Bayer HeathCare Pharmaceuticals.

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