Massachusetts Dangerous Drug?: Women Affected by Yaz Birth Control May Have Grounds for Lawsuit

Bayer’s annual report says that as of February 1, 2011, it has been named the defendant in about 6,850 dangerous drug lawsuits over the birth control pills Yaz and Yazmin and their generic equivalents, Ocella and Gianvi.

If you or someone that you love developed the following health conditions after taking any of these pills, you may have grounds for a Massachusetts products liability case against the drug manufacturer. It is a good idea to discuss what happened right away with an experienced Boston injury lawyer:

• Blood clots • Pulmonary embolism • Deep vein thrombosis • Pancreatitis • Gallbladder disease • Stroke • Heart attack
Most of the complaints allege that the drug maker did not sufficiently research the pills and failed to warn that taking Yasmin and Yaz could increase the chances a woman might develop such serious side effects. The health problems linked to Yasmin and Yaz appear to be related to the progestin drospirenone, which can cause hyperkalemia. This condition can up a woman’s blood potassium levels and lead to other health problems, including heart problems.

Considering that Yaz, Yasmin, and their generic counterparts have been marketed as a drug for treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder and premenstrual syndrome, it is disturbing to think that there are women taking these medications who were not made aware of the risks beforehand. The side effects mentioned above are health issues that often come with other complications. For example, someone who develops a blood clot may later develop pregnancy problems or have to take blood thinners. Or, a woman who woman who suffers a stroke could end up with developing permanent mobility issues and/or sustaining partial brain damage.

Our Boston dangerous drug lawyers want to hear from you. We can help you explore your legal options and help you determine whether you have grounds for a Yasmin or Yaz lawsuit.

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Bayer Annual Report (PDF)

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