Yaz and Yasmin are brand names for birth control pills that are manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Both Yaz and Yasmin are considered “fourth generation” birth control pills because they contain a new type of hormone called drospirenone. Unfortunately, this hormone has proven to be very dangerous and significantly increase the risk of serious complications.
Dangerous drug lawyers in Miami or other locations throughout the U.S., have filed thousands of lawsuits seeking compensation for side effects from Yaz and Yasmin. Now, Bayer Pharmaceuticals has reported that it has spent almost $1.6 billion settling these cases, even as an estimated 9,873 claims remain pending against the drug manufacturer.
Yaz and Yasmin Create Dangerous Side Effects & Bayer Is Accountable
Yaz was first approved in March of 2006 to prevent pregnancy, but was also prescribed for many other uses including the regulation of menstrual cycles, the improvement of acne and the improvement of symptoms of pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
By October of 2006, the FDA had officially approved Yaz as a treatment for PMDD, and in January of 2007, Yaz was also approved as a method of treating acne. These new FDA actions made Yaz the first oral contraceptive that was approved for three different indicators.
Bayer aggressively marketed its product to young women, and in 2009, Bayer did more than $800 million in sales of Yaz. Unfortunately, complaints began to flood in to the FDA. In fact, by 2009, the FDA already was concerned that Bayer was understanding risks and overstating benefits in TV ads and sent a warning letter to Bayer.
To placate the FDA and make up for its misleading advertising, Bayer spent $20 million to change language in informational pamphlets and resolve any confusion that the original ads had caused. Bayer, however, continued to sell the drug and in April of 2012, the FDA was forced to issue a safety update alerting patients to potential risks of Yaz that would now need to be included in black box warnings on the birth control pills.
The Black Box warning is the highest warning level the FDA requires, and the warning in the box alerts patients to the fact that Yaz has a greater risk of causing blood clots than other birth controls on the market that do not use fourth generation hormones. In addition to blood clots, other potential side effects caused by these hormones include:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Liver bleeding or cancer
- Pulmonary embolism
- Increased risk of heart attack and/or breast cancer
- Cerebral hemorrhaging
- Hair loss
These are just a few of the many risks of taking Yaz that people assumed without knowing when they were prescribed the medication. Any patient who was harmed as a direct result of using Yaz can pursue a legal claim. Many of these cases do settle outside of court, which explains why Bayer has spent billions already on Yaz lawsuit settlements.