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Mother Claims Yaz Caused Daughter’s Death

Mother Claims Yaz Caused Daughter’s Death

On September 24, 2010, an 18-year-old collapsed on her way into a classroom at Elon University in Pennsylvania. Just a few hours later, the young woman was pronounced dead at a local hospital. Michelle Pfleger was taking Yaz as a way to treat her acne. Her mother says it was the birth control pill that finally led to Pfleger’s death, a Pendulum article reports.

A LeHigh Valley Live article reported that the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner blames a blood clot in Pfleger’s lung for her untimely death. However, the article was careful to note that the office did not make a link between Yaz and the woman’s death.

Pfleger was treated for a common knee injury just one day before she died, the LeHigh Valley News reported. Joan Cummins, Michele’s mother, told the reporters, “There’s just really no reason that a healthy young woman who had a knee injury would have developed this.” She further mentioned that Michele was on the pill as an acne treatment, which the FDA has warned is not an approved use for it.

A woman in Switzerland recently died from a blood clot in her lung correlating with her taking of Yaz or Yasmin. Lawsuits against Bayer over the series of birth control pills threaten to top 30,000, some analysts say, before the end of the litigation process.

Cummins had not even suspected Yaz as a potential culprit in her daughter’s sudden death. After close friends suggested she look into other cases where women have died from taking Yaz and Yasmin, Cummins started collecting evidence linking Yaz with an increased risk of blood clots.

The first of thousands of lawsuits is set to begin in September 2011.

References:

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

LeHigh Valley News Staff. (October 31, 2010) “Risk Warning.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from the LeHigh Valley News.

Quigley, Tom and Kurt Bresswein. (October 31, 2010) “Mother of the late Michelle Pfleger asserts contraceptive contributed to her daughter’s death.” Retrieved on November 5, 2010 from the LeHigh Valley Live.
 

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.

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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.

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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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Bayer Pushing Yaz Despite Injuries, Complaints and Lawsuits

Bayer Pushing Yaz Despite Injuries, Complaints and Lawsuits

Thousands of Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella lawsuits are pending against the pharmaceutical company Bayer. With all the negative attention the company has received over their birth control product line, Bayer has yet to cease its contraceptive production and marketing.

Instead, Bayer has taken the same controversial ingredients used in Yaz and Yasmin, added folic acid, packaged them in a new container with a new name, and released them to the U.S. market with immediate FDA approval. The new pill, Beyaz, was released in October 2010 in U.S. and international markets.

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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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