What is Yaz?
Yaz is a newer type of oral contraceptive introduced to the market, with FDA approval, by Bayer in 2006. Yaz falls into the category droperinone and ethinyl estradiol, and is taken once a day orally to prevent pregnancy.
In October 2006, the drugs approval was expanded to treat the emotional and physical symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), which essentially is a more severe version of PMS. PMDD can be so severe that it interrupts daily activities. In January 2007, Yaz was also approved to treat moderate cases of acne in women who also desired to use birth control.
Yaz is known as a combined oral contraceptive and contains ethinyl estradiol (which affects the release of eggs) and drospirenone (progestin that interferes with the lining of the uterus). Drospirenone is unique to Yaz, Yasmin, and another generic drug, and the new pills are potentially more dangerous than other oral contraceptives on the market.
Drospirenone can increase blood potassium levels in the body, which is also known as hyperkalemia. This can lead to Yaz related heart problems as well as a variety of other side effects. Individuals who have pre-existing ailments, such as kidney, liver or adrenal disease, are particularly at risk when taking Yaz.
Yaz Side Effects
Extremely dangerous side effects have been linked with taking the Yaz oral contraceptive pill, they include:
- Heart Attack
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Gallbladder Disease
- Sudden Death
Ongoing litigation has been filed against Bayer as a result of injuries and perverse health effects while using Yaz. The lawsuits allege that Bayer failed to adequately warn both the medical community and consumer about the potential deadly side effects of Yaz. It also asserts that Bayer aggressively marketed the drug without doing sufficient research into the potential harm, and failed to issue a recall once the dangers of the drug became known the pharmaceutical company. The lawsuit also says that even once learning about the potential deadly effects, they continued an aggressive marketing campaign which encouraged misused and overuse of the drug in order to maximize profits without regard to the health of the consumers. The victims, or their loved ones, seek compensation to assist with medical bills and a variety of other claims stemming from the pain and suffering of Yaz injuries.
Bayer had the only access to data suggesting Yaz was potentially extremely dangerous and could result in death, and ignored the correlation once these links were discovered. The safety concerns were misrepresented to the public and led them to believe Yaz was more effective and just as safe as other products on the market.
At Sheff Law, we are the Massachusetts law firm with the resources, experience, and national reputation to investigate injuries resulting from using Yaz. Patients across Massachusetts and America are starting to realize some of the potential harmful side effects of taking Yaz. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of using Yaz, contact an attorney at Sheff Law today by filling out a FREE consultation form, or call at (888) 423-4477 or 617-227-7000.
February 23rd, 2016 | Posted in Blog