A father from North Carolina has recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Bayer, the manufacturer of the birth control drug Yasmin. His daughter died on June 13, 2009, after suffering a pulmonary embolism, a dangerous Yasmin side effect. The 15-year-old girl was prescribed Yasmin to treat her acne and not to act as a contraceptive. As a result, the father has alleged that Bayer failed to adequately warn users about a the potential risk of the dangerous side effects associated with Yasmin, and that Bayer illegally and aggressively marketed Yasmin for acne control, which is not an approved use by the FDA.
Similarly, a woman from New Jersey has also filed a lawsuit against Bayer, alleging that the drug contributed to her daughter’s death. Her 18-year-old daughter, a student at Elon University in North Carolina, collapsed on her way to class less than a month into her freshman year. She died as a result of a massive blood clot after taking Yaz to treat her acne. The lawsuit claims that consumer protection laws in New Jersey and North Carolina were violated because Bayer knowingly and falsely represented Yaz for purposes other than what it was intended for, yet knowing that the drug was defective and dangerous.
These individuals are not alone in alleging that Bayer is negligent in their marketing and distribution of birth control medications. Overall, Bayer faces about 7,000 Yasmin lawsuits and Yaz lawsuits filed by women who allege that these medications have serious side effects. These dangerous side effects include stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, or gallbladder disease.
Yasmin and Yaz are birth control pills that contain a combination of ethinyl estradiol and drosperirenone, a new type of progestin. Other drugs that contain drosperirenone include Yasminella, Beyaz, Ocella, and Giavini. Yaz has been approved for the treatment of acne in girls 14 years or older while Yasmin has not.
If you or a loved one has been affected by a dangerous Yasmin or Yaz side effect, you should contact an Oklahoma Yasmin/Yaz lawyer. Our attorneys fully understand the medical research and legal issues surrounding Yasmin and Yaz litigation and are here to help innocent consumers who have taken the drug.