Soon after the birth control drug Yaz (generic name: drospirenone) was introduced in 2006, it became the best-selling oral contraceptive in the U.S. From 2007 to 2010, Yaz was also one of the most heavily-marketed contraceptives of all time. Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of Yaz, spent more than $270 million on advertising. Ads for the drug promised that it would treat illnesses ranging from severe acne to premenstrual symptoms.
However, recent scientific studies have revealed a connection between Yaz and an increased risk of developing blood clots. These blood clots have been tied to strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolisms, and deep vein thrombosis. Women who have suffered from these blood clots after taking the drug have filed Yaz lawsuits against Bayer. The attorneys at the Amaro Law Firm have handled numerous cases related to defective pharmaceuticals, including several Yaz lawsuits.
How Yaz Works
As with many “fourth-generation” birth control pills, Yaz contains a mixture of artificial hormones. These artificial hormones replicate the female hormones estrogen and progestin. These hormones prevent ovulation, which keeps the egg from reaching the uterus for potential fertilization. Yaz also alters the lining of the uterus, which prevents a fertilized egg from adhering to the uterus. Yaz works on a 24-day cycle, with four “reminder” placebos, to prevent pregnancy throughout the month.
Yaz Tied to Blood Clots
In 2011, several scientific studies revealed a correlation between Yaz and an increased risk of developing blood clots. The drug has been found to increase potassium levels in women, which can lead to blood clots. A study by Danish researchers showed that the artificial hormones in Yaz doubled the risk of dangerous blood clots. An FDA study found that one woman in 1,000 would develop a blood clot within twelve months of taking Yaz.
Side Effects Listed in Yaz Lawsuits
Women who have taken the drug have listed the illnesses they have suffered in their Yaz lawsuits. Some of these illnesses include:
- Abnormal Bleeding
- Arm/Leg Numbness
- Breast Lumps
- Deep Vein Thrombosis
- Gallbladder Disease
- Heart Attack
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Pulmonary Embolism
… and many more.
Reasons to File a Yaz Lawsuit
Thousands of women who have taken Yaz have suffered severe, even permanent, injuries. These women and their families have endured hospital stays, emergency care, surgical procedures and physical therapy in their attempts to return to their normal lives. Many of these women have filed Yaz lawsuits to recover thousands of dollars in medical expenses. Plaintiffs in Yaz lawsuits can also petition for lost wages, lost future income and other economic damages, as well as compensation for pain and suffering and other psychological trauma from their time on Yaz.
Know Your Rights in a Yaz Lawsuit
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