By September 2009, Bayer HealthCare, the manufacturer of Yasmin and Yaz, had received 74 lawsuits initiated by women who claimed that they developed health problems after taking this birth control product. The manufacturer has stated that it will defend itself aggressively.
Yaz and Yasmin are popular birth control products sold in the United States. For Bayer, this oral contraceptive is its top-selling pharmaceutical line. The company has spent millions of dollars on advertising to promote this product as more than just a pregnancy prevention, but also a way to treat acne and premenstrual depression. Last year alone, this product line brouth in sales of $1.8 billion worldwide.
Yasmin was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001 and Yaz, which contains a lower amount of estrogen, was approved in 2006.
Yaz and Yasmin Criticism
Women have recently been coming forward stating that Yaz and Yasmin have caused them to suffer serious health problems. This oral contraceptive contains an ingredient known as drospirenone, which can increase potassium levels in the blood, leading to such health problems as heart attack, stroke, pulmonary embolism, kidney disease and deep vein thrombosis. Women who are already at risk of a condition known as hyperkalemia or women who are taking medications that can raise the potassium levels in their bodies are at a higher risk of suffering injuries from this birth control.
According to an article by the New York Times, Bayer’s American unit responded to a reporter’s queries by stating that its birth-control drugs had been and continued to be studied. The company also said that it stood behind safety of its products.
In the beginning of 2009, Bayer was contacted by the FDA, because of the company’s commercials. The FDA instructed Bayer to correct the misleading television ads. Then in the summer, the FDA cited Bayer for not adhering to proper quality control procedures at a manufacturing plant that produced hormone ingredients.
If you or a loved one has been injured from taking Yaz or Yasmin, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Northern Kentucky injury lawyer at the law firm of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 for legal advice.