Whether on birth control or not, most people have heard of Yaz due to the significant marketing campaign initiated by Bayer, the pharmaceutical company responsible for the once popular form of birth control. For many years, Bayer ran numerous advertisements for the birth control pill, which was on the market in the United States beginning in 2006.
Since then, the Food and Drug Administration has warned the public of a variety of dangerous side effects that can result from taking the medication. Consequently, a large number of lawsuits have been initiated against Bayer.
Severe side effects caused by Yaz
Yaz was originally approved by the FDA to prevent pregnancy, but was later also approved to treat acne and PMDD, a particularly serious kind of PMS. In advertisements for the birth control medication, however, the FDA found that Bayer was overstating the medication's ability to treat all types of PMS and acne. In addition, in October 2008, the FDA warned Bayer that it was not adequately explaining the risks associated with the medication in its advertisements.
Although the pharmaceutical company made some efforts to change its ads, in December 2011, the FDA determined its efforts had not been sufficient at warning users of the medication about the hazards.
Researchers have determined that individuals who take Yaz are more likely to suffer blood clots, which can lead to a number of serious, and even deadly, complications.
Among the severe side effects attributed to Yaz, include:
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pulmonary embolism
- Venous thromboembolism
- Retinal thrombosis
- Heart attack
Despite these serious concerns, Yaz was the leading birth control bill in the United States for a period of time.
Hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for injuries caused by medications
Pharmaceutical companies can be held liable for failing to inform the public about the risks associated with medications, when they knew or should have known about the potential side effects. Bayer has already faced around 8,600 lawsuits for injuries resulting from blood clots caused by Yaz. Many have argued that Bayer was negligent in representing its product and fraudulently concealed information about side effects that would have been relevant to consumers.
If you have suffered injuries due to complications arising from blood clots after taking Yaz, you may be entitled to damages as a result of the harm caused. In such situations, seeking the advice of a skilled legal professional is a prudent step to ensure your rights are protected.