The popular birth control pill Yaz, also known as Yasmin or Ocella, has recently been at the center of a number of lawsuits concerning the potential side effects and questionable marketing of the drug.
Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001, Yaz has been taken by millions of women around the world as a popular form of birth control. However, even as early as 2002, indications that the popular pill can lead to unwanted side effects were evident. That year, the British Medical Journal documented at least forty cases where the use of Yasmin was connected to the development of a medical condition called venous thrombosis, which is akin to the formation of blood clots inside blood vessels.
Despite these documented cases of Yasmin-related blood clots, Bayer, the manufacturer of the drug, marketed Yaz in a manner that attempted to minimize these potential risks. In fact, their marketing of the drug was so misleading that the FDA warned Bayer on three separate occasions to change their Yaz commercials to ensure that they do not misinform consumers.
To view the warnings issued by the FDA, click on the following links: 2003 FDA Warning, 2008 FDA Warning, 2009 FDA Warning.
Along with the potential to form blood clots, a number of other harmful side effects have been associated with the use of Yaz birth control including, but not limited to:
- Heart Attack
- Pulmonary Embolism
- Cardiac Arrhythmia
- Gallbladder Disease
- Kidney Failure
- Sudden Death
If you or a loved one have encountered any of these problems while taking Yaz, or if you have any questions concerning a potential Yaz lawsuit, contact the personal injury attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
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