If you feel that you were harmed by the side effects of the birth control pill Yaz and think you may be interested filing a Yaz Lawsuit, there are some things you need to consider. This site strives to provide you with the best, most up-to-date information so that you can make an informed decision and chose the best course of action to protect your legal rights and receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Yaz, also known as Yasmin, is the common name for the birth control drug called drospirenone. Since the drug was first released in 2001 by Bayer, it has been the source of a large amount of legal and medical controversy.
When a pharmaceutical company releases a new drug, it is expected by the consumer that they have done everything that they can to ensure that the drug is as safe as possible and that the pharmaceutical company is forthcoming in presenting all the potential risks related to the drug. It is also expected that the advertising will accurately represent the uses for that drug. In the case of the drug Yaz and related products, there is sufficient evidence to indicate that Bayer, the drug’s manufacturer did not behave responsibly in regards to those expectations.
In 2006, Bayer launched a campaign for the drug Yaz, a birth control pill containing the drug drospirenone. Similar products, Yasmin, a lower dosage version of the drug, and Ocella, the generic version, were also released. The campaign was a huge success and Yaz rapidly became one of the most popular drugs in the US.
In marketing the drug drospirenone under the brand names Yas, Yasmin, and Ocella, the advertisements lead the consumer to believe as well as a contraception, that they could also be used to treat all forms of PMS and acne. In actuality, the drug was only approved by the FDA for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and cases of moderate acne. Bayer has also been charged with misleading the public in regards to the health risks of the drug, minimizing the risk of blood clots and other heart issues, as well as creating commercials that distracted the consumer and took attention away from the part that disclosed the health risks.
The FDA files a warning against Bayer in 2009. Bayer began to run modified advertisements in an attempt to clear up the previously misleading advertisements. But in 2010, lawsuits were filed in Canada claiming that there is a connection between drospirenone-based contraceptives and an increase in blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes. The FDA then launched a series of studies to determine the potential health risks of Yaz and its related family of drugs. In 2011, the FDA determined that the labeling of Yaz and Yasmin was inadequate and they ordered that the black label be updated to include information about the potential risks. Despite the potential dangers of the drug, however, they decided that there still were potential benefits and that the drug should remain on the market. However, there have been some studies that indicate that the newest generation of Yaz-related drugs is no safer than the prior ones and that there are safer alternatives on the market.
The statute of limitations on Yaz litigation is based on many factors surrounding your claim. These factors include the injuries that were suffered and type of claim made. Every case is different and if you have any questions on the best practices when filing a Yaz Lawsuit, please contact our legal team. Complete the Free Case Evaluation form to the right to have your case reviewed. If you have suffered injury as a result of taking Yaz, you should consult a Yaz lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your claim for a Yaz settlement. If you are experiencing any Yaz side effects contact your doctor.