In a recent article on Yaz lawsuits from the Chicago Tribune, a former user of Yaz, 23 year old Maggie Yunker, described the injuries she incurred after a year of taking the oral contraceptive.
According to Yunker, her healthcare provider recommended Yaz because it was touted as being able to alleviate menstrual symptoms and improve skin health. A year later, Yunker had developed several blood clots, and ultimately endured a stroke at the age of 20.
Due to her injuries and compromised health, Yunker filed a Yaz lawsuit against Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. She received a $237,000 settlement from Bayer.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Bayer has spent $1.4 billion in settling 6,760 Yaz lawsuits.
Yaz Multidistrict Litigation
Yaz lawsuits have been consolidated into the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. As of mid-September, there are 11,274 cases in the Yaz multidistrict litigation (MDL).
The case is In re: Yasmin and Yaz (drospirenone) marketing, sales practices, and products liability litigation MDL no. 2100. It is being heard by U.S. District Judge David R. Herndon.
Yaz Side Effects
Yaz contains the hormone drospirenone, which has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolism, and brain hemorrhage. Drospirenone has been connected to an increase in potassium in the body, which in turn can prove injurious by increasing the risk of blood clot formation.
In order to address the mounting adverse event reports for Yaz, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered Bayer in 2012 to update the Yaz drug safety information to include a warning about the association between drospirenone-containing oral contraceptives and an increased risk of blood clot formation.
Yaz Case Evaluation & Health Advice
Carey Danis & Lowe is a national law firm that represents women who claim to have been injured while taking a drospirenone-containing oral contraceptive like Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella. We work diligently to provide you with expert legal counsel and medical advice.
Contact Carey Danis & Lowe for a free legal evaluation of your Yaz, Yasmin, or Ocella case, and to speak with one of our medical experts. Our team strongly believes that if a pharmaceutical giant engages in negligent business practices and misleading marketing campaigns, they should be held responsible.
Share your story with us by calling 800.721.2519, or by submitting a personal injury claim form.References: Pharmaceutical litigation, Yaz/Yasmin