Researchers are currently trying to determine whether drospirenone (sold under the brand names Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella) has caused life-threatening side effects, such as pulmonary embolism, ischemic strokes, gallbladder problems, and sudden death.
The Rottenstein Law Group compassionately advocates for those who have suffered from side effects as a result of having taken dangerous drugs. If you took Yaz and believe it harmed you, contact RLG for a free, confidential legal consultation. We might be the Yaz law firm you are looking for.
Have You Taken Yaz?
Yaz is one brand name for the generic drug drospirenone, prescribed as a birth control drug and for the treatment of premenstrual dysmorphic disorder (PMDD). Other brand names for the same drug are Yasmin and Ocella.
Yaz Could Cause Life-Threatening Side Effects
Users of Yaz have suffered such severe side effects as:
- Pulmonary embolism;
- Ischemic strokes;
- Gallbladder problems; and
- Sudden death.
Compensation for Your Harm
In November 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the recall of over 33,000 boxes of Yaz because of unacceptable manufacturing practices. Since then, more than 2,000 lawsuits were filed nationwide. These suits, which were consolidated in a single federal court, claim that the companies that manufacture Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella failed to research the drugs adequately, fraudulently concealed and negligently failed to warn users of the risks associated with the drugs, and misrepresented the safety of the drugs as compared with other birth control drugs.
In 2011, the FDA stepped up its investigation of Yaz. In May, it issued a Drug Safety Communication informing the public that the British Medical Journal published two articles on Yaz’ alleged tendency to cause deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in women. The studies found that women were two to three times more likely to suffer venous thromboembolic events while taking Yaz as opposed to levonorgestrel. These findings contrasted with studies conducted in 2009 that determined no difference between the two contraceptives. The FDA said it would analyze the two studies and inform the public of its conclusions and if it would take further action related to Yaz and Yaz side effects.
On September 26, 2011, the FDA released a second Drug Safety Communication, this time stating that it had not reached a conclusion on the studies’ results on Yaz’ alleged side effects. The FDA continued its research and announced its findings in an October 27, 2011 Drug Safety Communication, the third in one year. It stated it would convene the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee’s and Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee’s Joint Meeting held on December 8, 2011. The Joint Meeting resulted in two votes by the committees’ members. According to Reuters, they voted 21 to five endorsing a statement that Yaz’ current label inadequately warned doctors and users of the drug’s risks. However, they also voted 15 to 11 advising the FDA that the risk of Yaz side effects did not outweigh the benefits of preventing unwanted pregnancies. Joint Meeting members commented that only Bayer’s studies showed Yaz to be equally safe to other forms of hormonal birth control. Nevertheless, in April 10, 2012, the FDA announced a Yaz label change in an update of its September 26, 2011 drug safety communication. Now the Yaz label warns users and physicians that some epidemiological studies find that Yaz use correlates to a three-fold increase in the risk of suffering a blood clot, while other studies find no such effect.
It is not too late to demand compensation for yourself, if you’ve suffered life-threatening side effects after taking Yaz.
The process of demanding compensation for the harm you’ve suffered can be complicated, even if it doesn’t seem fair that you should have to go through even more trouble to be made whole again. The lawyers of the Rottenstein Law Group believe that getting satisfaction from the company that harmed you shouldn’t be just more hardship. That’s why we do everything we can to streamline the process. We remain in touch with you throughout the process of seeking compensation for the harm you’ve suffered.
RLG knows that you want to be kept updated about your case. So we’ll provide regular, frequent updates regarding not just the progress of your case, but also news of other, similar cases, and even about the product and the manufacturer as well.