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Posted On: April 12, 2012

Boston Products Liability: Yaz Birth Control Pill May Cause Serious Side Effects and Health Complications

Unfortunately, the birth control pill Yaz continues to be linked to serious health complications in women. If you are one of these people and you live in Massachusetts, do not hesitate to contact our Boston injury lawyers right away to request your free case evaluation.

In the last few years, more than 10,000 Yaz lawsuits have been filed in federal court alleging products liability. The plaintiffs are blaming this popular contraceptive for some serious side effects, including stroke, hyperkalemia, blood clots, liver damage, breast lumps, kidney damage, pancreatitis, heart attack, gallbladder disease, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and even death. Women older than 35 who have a history of serious medical issues or smoke are among those most at risk of developing complications from taking Yaz.

Many of the women are claiming that Bayer, Yaz’s manufacturer, not only failed to do enough research on this birth control pill, but also, it neglected to warn users of the potentially serious side effects while overstating its benefits. Last year, a Food and Drug Administration panel voted that the labeling on Yaz and other contraceptive pills that use the hormone progesterone is inadequate in terms of any warning it might provide about potentially fatal effects. The FDA also put out its own warning notifying the public that women who take Yaz or any other contraceptive with drospirenone are at a much higher risk of developing blood clots.

This week, the federal agency ordered Bayer and the makers of certain other kinds of birth control to include a warning of this increased risk on their label. Other birth control pills that will include modified labels: Yasmin, Safyral, Beyaz, and certain generic versions of the contraception. Their labels will mention that some studies found an up to threefold rise in blood clot risk in pills with drospirenone than those with other progestins.


FDA orders blood clot risks be added to some birth control labels, New York Daily News, April 11, 2012

Clotting risks for Yaz pills, Wall Street Journal, April 10, 2012


More Blog Posts:

Massachusetts Dangerous Drug?: Women Affected by Yaz Birth Control May Have Grounds for Lawsuit, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, March 26, 2012

Another Boston Injury Lawsuit Blames DES Drug for Causing Newton Woman’s Breast Cancer, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, January 30, 2012

Aspirin Causes Some People More Harm than Good, Says Study, Boston Injury Lawyer Blog, January 21, 2012

Our Boston products liability law firm also represents clients with injury and wrongful death cases over Yaz’s sister birth control, Yasmin, and the drug's generic counterparts.

By publishing this information on this Web site, the Boston, Massachusetts law firm of Altman & Altman LLP is not claiming to represent any clients or cases mentioned here. The content provided is designed to inform readers and is not intended as legal advice.