The number of lawsuits filed over the birth control pills Yaz and Yasmin is now at nearly 1,100. This is according to an annual report released by Bayer, the manufacturer of Yasmin and Yaz.
Experts are predicting that the number will continue to rise as thousands of women in both Canada and the United States are considering bringing lawsuits after suffering injuries from taking Yasmin and Yaz.
According to Bayer’s 2009 annual report, which was released last month, among the lawsuits filed have been five Yaz and Yasmin class action lawsuits – three in the United States and two in Canada.
The lawsuits all involve similar issues, which are claims that Yaz, Yasmin and the generic version Ocella increase a woman’s risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or gallbladder disease, among other injuries. At least 50 deaths in the United States alone have been linked to the use of Yaz or Yasmin.
In their Yasmin and Yaz lawsuits, the plaintiffs are arguing that Bayer failed to perform adequate research on the safety of the birth control pills and failed to warn users of the increased health risks associated with Yaz and Yasmin.
Additionally, many of the Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits allege that Bayer was deceptive in its advertising of the birth control pills, over-emphasizing certain supposed benefits of the drugs without also fully disclosing the potential increased risks of serious side effects posed by Yaz and Yasmin.
In fact, Bayer was formally warned about the deceptive advertising by the FDA and subsequently forced to run a series of ads correcting the misleading claims made in previous commercials.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, contact a Yaz/Yasmin lawsuit attorney today for legal advice.