Starting in 2009, lawyers representing women who had taken Yaz began filing lawsuits. Plaintiffs’ attorneys, siting FDA reports of at least 50 deaths that show ties to the drug, argue that Bayer misled women about the risks of taking the drug, particularly the potential increased risk of blood clots, and that Bayer marketed the drug for unapproved uses, as in the case of the treatment of acne. Claims also include charges of negligence, strict product liability, breach of express and implied warranties, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, fraudulent concealment, medical monitoring, and fraud and deceit.
All the US cases were consolidated as a multidistrict litigation before the US District Judge in Illinois. And last year, the District Judge called in a mediator to explore the possibility of a settlement. It is currently believed that a final settlement will be reached sometime this year.
As of March 2012, approximately 12,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the manufacturer of Yaz, Yasmin and other versions of the drospirenone. These lawsuits allege that Bayer failed to provide adequate warning of the health risks related to the drug, including blood clots, gall bladder disease, and deep vein thrombosis or DVT.
There have also been charges that Bayer did not do enough research into the harmful side effects of Yaz and that Bayer should have issued a recall of the drug Yaz, Yasmin and all the related products despite there being enough evidence to indicate that the drugs had harmful side effects. Bayer has also been charged by the FDA for creating misleading advertising for the drug in stating that Yaz could also be used to treat PMS and acne, when the FDA had only approved the drug for the treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and moderate cases of acne. Similarly the FDA charged that Bayer made advertisements that obscured or distracted the viewer from the side effects in an effort to downplay the medical risks associated with Yaz.
And the new “fourth generation” of the drug, called progestin drospirenone has also been linked to Stroke, Heart Attacks, and Myocardial Infraction, as well as the previously mentioned symptoms.
As of October 212, it has been reported that Bayer has settled 3.490 cases for $750 million.
If you or someone you know is currently taking Yaz, or a Yaz related drug, it is highly recommended to speak to a medical professional about alternative medication.
If you have shown any of the Yaz side effects while taking Yaz, you should speak to a Yaz Lawyer to assess whether or not you have a viable Yaz Lawsuit.
The statute of limitations on Yaz lawsuits 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.