Yaz, Yasmin and Mirena are popular contraceptive pills that are produced by the German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. Besides their anti-fertility mechanism, they have been associated with serious medical side effects. Some of the common side effects are headaches, nausea, vomiting, fluid retention, swelling in the ankles or feet, breast tenderness, weight change and bloating.
Some of the other side effects are much more serious and potentially fatal. These include pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke and heart attack.
The following info-graphic displays the most recent statistics and court cases for Americans who have been impacted by Yaz and Mirena.
According to LawyersandSettlements.com, as of February 2012, about 12,000 lawsuits were pending in the US against Bayer, on behalf of people who had suffered personal injuries, some fatal, as a result of using Yasmin and/or Yaz. Thousands of lawsuits that were brought against Bayer claimed that the fourth generation birth control pills had caused gallbladder problems.
The lawsuits alleged that Bayer had failed to warn patients and physicians of the increased risk of serious side effects associated with the use of Yasmin and Yaz compared to safer oral contraceptives.
Most lawsuits filed against Bayer have been consolidated into Federal Multi-District (MDL) court in Illinois, so that each case can be examined separately. They have been consolidated under the case Yasmin and Yaz (Drospirenone – a synthetic hormone) Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation (MDL No. 2100).
Personal injury attorneys nationwide are working on settling Yasmin or Yaz lawsuits. Victims, who have not yet filed a claim still have the right to seek compensation.
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