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About Yaz

Yaz and Yasmin are low estrogen oral contraceptives, more commonly known as birth control pills. They are taken to prevent pregnancy. They are also used to treat moderate acne in women who are at least 14 years old and have started having menstrual periods, and who wish to use birth control pills to prevent pregnancy. Yaz treats the symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), such as anxiety, depression, irritability, trouble concentrating, lack of energy, sleep or appetite changes, breast tenderness, joint or muscle pain, headache, and weight gain. If you or a loved one was injured while taking Yaz you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Please complete the form and one of our attorneys will contact you - or call 1-800-LAW-FIRM now. Yaz and Yasmin both contain drospirenone, a type of progestin. There are grave risks posed by the use of this type of progestin, which Yaz’s manufacturer, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Bayer) chose to play down to potential female consumers in its advertising. As a result, the FDA reprimanded Bayer for its misleading advertising, and now the company faces thousands of claims from women injured using Yaz or Yasmin without complete knowledge of the potential side effects. Drug makers are obligated to make sure that the medications that they manufacture are free from defect and are not dangerous for users. They also must specify how the drug must be used and notify users of the possible side effects and risks that can arise. Yaz and Yasmin can cause blood clots, stroke, kidney failure, gallbladder problems, liver problems, pancreas problems and a rare condition known as hyperkalemia. Yaz and Yasmin are also intended to be prescribed to prevent pregnancy, they should not be prescribed solely to treat PMDD or to prevent acne. These drugs also have not been proven to treat PMS. Today, Yaz and Yasmin remain available to the public, however, Bayer can no longer air television ads that do not disclose the true risks of taking Yaz and Yasmin. The FDA has mandated new, medically accurate television advertisements be aired.

Warnings & Recalls

  • In 2003, the FDA sent a warning letter to Berlex Laboratories (acquired by Bayer) over deceptive advertising for Yasmin, citing the company for, “…implying the pills were superior to all other oral contraceptives and for minimizing the risk[s].”
  • On October 3, 2008, the FDA reprimanded Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for running misleading television commercials advertising Yaz. The ads were misleading because they broaden the drug’s indication, overstate the efficacy of Yaz, and minimize serious risks associated with the drug. The ads also encourage the use of Yaz in circumstances other than those in which the drug was approved, over-promise the benefits and minimize the risks associated with Yaz. Yaz has not been evaluated for the treatment of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • Specifically, given the overlap in certain symptoms between premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and PMDD, and the material limitation on YAZ's PMDD indication (that it has not been evaluated for the treatment of the less serious condition, PMS), the TV Ads misleadingly suggest that YAZ is appropriate for treating women with PMS, who may not be appropriate candidates for this drug. We note that despite listing certain symptoms of PMDD, nowhere do the TV Ads use the full phrase "premenstrual dysphoric disorder," to more completely distinguish PMDD from PMS, thereby increasing the likelihood that a viewer, in light of the claims and presentations described below, will understand it to be the same as, or substantially similar to, PMS.
Cases, Settlements, & Verdicts

To date, over 129 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer regarding Yaz and Yasmin.

  • 6,760 U.S. plaintiffs settled
  • 5,400 cases pending
  • 8,800 U.S. plaintiffs participating in alleged gallbladder injury case
  • Total: 12,160 cases against Bayer, which manufactures these drugs
Yaz Key Points

  • Yaz and Yasmin are America’s most prescribed birth control pills.
  • FDA warns Yaz ads misled consumers about the purpose of the drug and concealed harmful side-effects.
  • Manufacturers face lawsuits from women injured by taking Yaz and Yasmin.
Conditions Caused By Yaz

  • Blood clots
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Pancreas problems
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Liver problems
  • Hyperkalemia (excess levels of potassium in the blood)
  • Pulmonary embolism (blood clot of the lung)
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot of the leg)
Side Effects & Symptoms

  • Sudden shortness of breath
  • Chest/jaw/left arm pain
  • Confusion
  • Coughing up blood
  • Sudden dizziness/fainting
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision problems/changes
  • Unwanted facial/body hair
  • Swelling of the ankles/feet
  • Lumps in the breast
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Dark urine
  • Yellowing eyes
  • Rash
  • Severe dizziness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Weight changes (gain or loss)
  • Problem wearing contact lenses
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Dark patches on the skin (melasma)
  • Pain/swelling/warmth in the groin/calf
  • Severe stomach/abdominal/pelvic pain
  • Tingling/weakness/numbness in the arms/legs
  • Itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
  • Headaches with other symptoms such as vision changes/lack of coordination
  • Mental/mood changes (e.g., depression, suicidal thoughts, persistent trouble sleeping)
  • Changes in vaginal bleeding (e.g., continuous spotting, sudden heavy bleeding, missed periods)
  • Shortness of breath sometimes with mild exertion
  • Rapid weight gain
  • Swelling
  • Chest pains
  • Stomach pains
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice
  • Fever
  • Dark urine and stool
About NuvaRing

NuvaRing® is marketed towards young women as an easy and safe alternative to oral contraceptives. Unlike contraceptives such as the pill that must be taken daily, the NuvaRing® is marketed as requiring minimal upkeep because it is replaced monthly. While these benefits are prominently featured on the NuvaRing® website, consumers need to be aware of the complications that can arise while taking this drug. If you have used the Nuvaring® contraceptive and experienced adverse reactions you may be entitled to a cash settlement. Please complete the form and one of our attorneys will contact you, or call 1-800-LAW-FIRM now. One of the active hormones in NuvaRing® is desogestrel, which studies have shown doubles the incidence of blod cots in women. The consumer advocacy group Public Citizen first brought the dangers of this drug to the attention of the FDA in 2007 calling for the removal of many oral contraceptives including NuvaRing from the market. This call for action was backed up with information from studies that dated as far back as 1995. Since then NuvaRing has been linked to other serious and life threatening medical conditions.

NuvaRing Key Points

  • Studies have linked NuvaRing to increased incidence of blood clots in women.
  • Public Citizen began requesting the removal of this and other similar products in 2007.
Conditions Caused By NuvaRing

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Cardiac Problems
  • Liver Tumors
  • Gallbladder or Liver Problems
  • Blood Clots in Lungs or Legs
Side Effects & Symptoms

  • Severe Depression
  • Sudden Partial or Complete Loss of Vision
About Mirena

Mirena birth control first gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2000 and is aimed at women who have already had at least one child. Mirena is a small implantable device which slowly releases low amounts of hormones to prevent pregnancy and lasts up to 5 years. Unfortunately for those who received this device, the manufacturer may have sold their product without properly warning women about the risk of serious, potentially fatal complications. The Mirena Intra-Uterine Device is designed to be implanted by a medical professional and left in the body for up to 5 years to prevent pregnancy before being removed by a medical professional. However, many doctors have begun to report that in many instances the device has punctured or embedded in the uterine wall. This can result in serious painful side effects like, internal scarring, infection or damage to internal organs. There have also been reports of the Mirena device migrating through the uterine wall and to other parts of the body which can cause abscesses, adhesions and intestinal obstruction. Many times serious surgery is the only way to repair the damage, and even then the damage may already be permanent, potentially resulting in the inability to have any more children in the future. We at 1-800-Law-Firm are currently investigating potential lawsuits against Bayer, the manufacturer of Mirena. We believe that the manufacturer should be held accountable for the pain and suffering women who received the device have been forced to endure.

Side Effects & Symptoms

  • Perforation of the uterus
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Abscesses
  • Adhesions
  • Internal scarring
  • Erosion of surrounding tissue
  • Infertility
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
  • Embedment in the uterine wall

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