Yaz and Yasmin are two very similar and popular birth control pills manufactured by Bayer, which have been known to have severe side effects which Bayer had not disclosed to the public— resulting in a mass tort lawsuit brought against the company by women who experienced adverse effects from taking the drugs. After being warned by the FDA about false and deceptive claims in advertising for both contraceptives, Bayer was required to spend nearly $20 million on new advertising to reeducate consumers about the risks and adverse effects that could occur while on the medications. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are a leading personal injury law firm in Chicago, Illinois with attorneys successfully representing those who have suffered undue harm because of these drugs.
Misleading Information and Failure to Disclose Risks
When Bayer first marketed Yaz and Yasmin, advertising made bogus claims about how effective the medications were and how safe it was to take them. Some ads stated that the birth control pills would even ease the symptoms of PMS and reduce the frequency of periods when it was later discovered that the pills had never been approved for this purpose. Most importantly, Bayer never disclosed the following serious side effects, some of which can be life threatening.
- Pain and discomfort in the breasts and/or the abdomen.
- Sinus and upper respiratory infections.
- Urinary tract infections.
- Blood clots located in the heart or lungs.
- Damage to the kidneys or possible kidney failure.
- Deep vein thrombosis.
- Pulmonary embolism.
- Stroke or heart attack due to elevated risk of blood clotting.
Current Yaz Litigation
By 2009, 74 lawsuits were brought against Bayer for severe complications that arose from use of Yaz or Yasmin. Over fifty Yaz or Yasmin related deaths had been reported between the years of 2004-2008. Due to the popularity of these medications, this mass tort is only expected to continue growing over the next few years as more women learn more about their right to compensation according to law. It is important for any woman who has been harmed due to the use of one of these medications to seek counsel from a qualified attorney before accepting any potential settlement offers by Bayer in order to ensure that the offer is in her best interests.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have experience and a successful track record handling this kind of lawsuit and would love the opportunity to evaluate your case. Our offices are located throughout the Chicago area and we serve clients throughout the entire state of Illinois– and beyond– across the country. Contact us today for a free consultation so that we can address your concerns about the Yaz/Yasmin mass tort and let you know more about your rights and what you can expect from any potential lawsuit. We are confident in our ability to successfully defend your best interests and collect on your behalf and if we cannot do so, our services and advice will be free of charge.