Yaz is a fourth generation oral contraceptive approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006. Since that time, countless women and teenage girls have taken the drug, many of whom suffered serious side effects and even death.
In April 2012, the Yaz label was updated to include recent study information that indicates a threefold increase in the risk of thromboembolism with the use of Yasmin and other drospirenone contraceptives, such as Yaz, Ocella, Beyaz and Safyral.
What is Yaz?
Like other types of oral contraceptives, Yaz works by preventing ovulation and also by making it more difficult for live sperm to reach an egg, and for a fertilized egg to embed into the uterine lining. Many women who take, or previously took Yaz, did so not only to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but also to treat acne and to manage the severe symptoms associated with pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD. Some of those symptoms include depression, lethargy, headaches, weight fluctuations and irritability. Although Yaz is effective for treating PMDD symptoms, it has been linked to multiple life-threatening injuries and conditions.
Unlike other oral contraceptives, Yaz and a similar drug – Yasmin – contain drospirenone, which is a synthetic form of progestin that works together with ethinyl estradiol to prevent pregnancy. Drospirenone works as a diuretic, which can increase potassium levels in the body, potentially resulting in severe blood clotting or even gallbladder damage.
The manufacturer of Yaz, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, has been accused of inadequately warning women of the increased dangers associated with using Yaz. Many instances of injury, emergency surgery and even sudden death have been linked to the use of Yaz, although Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals continues to produce the product, which is still available to menstruating women over age 14 by prescription.
Yaz Side Effects
Some of the side effects of Yaz may include, but are not limited to:
• Heart attack
• Blood clots
• Gall bladder damage
• Deep vein thrombosis
• Kidney stones
• Pulmonary embolism
• Severe headaches
• Changes in appetite
It is important to understand that certain drugs and actions, such as smoking, can have an effect on the efficiency of Yaz, as well as the risk of side effects in the body.
Help for Yaz Victims
No woman’s health should be sacrificed in the name of pharmaceutical profits. Women all over the country have suffered injury from Yaz and are now pursuing monetary retribution for those damages.
Here at Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett PC, we have knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who will help you explore your legal options if you or someone you know has been the victim of a serious injury or death related to Yaz. To find out if you could be eligible for financial compensation, call us for a free consultation today.