Yaz Lawsuit

Interested in learning why there is so much Yaz litigation going on right now?  If you are wondering why there has been so much discussion about Yaz lawsuits and Yaz lawsuit settlement amounts, read through our Yaz information pages to learn about the serious health risks associated with this contraceptive.

What is Yaz and how does it work?

Yaz is a relatively new prescription birth control pill approved by the FDA in 2006. It contains an active ingredient used in more traditional birth control pills – ethinyl estradiol – however it also contains an additional female sex hormone known as drospirenone.

Birth control pills work by preventing the release of eggs from the ovaries (ovulation) and by changing the cervical mucus and the lining of the uterus in order to prevent pregnancy.

Is Yaz approved by the FDA?

Yes. Yaz is approved by the FDA for the prevention of pregnancy, the treatment premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and the treatment of moderate acne in women age 14 and over. Yaz is not approved to treat the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

What are the side effects of Yaz?

The drospirenone component in Yaz increases the risk of heart arrhythmias and increased blood levels of potassium. Women who have taken Yaz have also reported headache/migraine, menstrual irregularities, nausea/vomiting, breast pain/tenderness, and changes in mood, as well as fatigue, irritability, decreased libido and weight gain.

Across the board, birth control pills place women at an increased risk of developing blood clots. When these clots form in the arteries of the heart, they can cause heart attacks. Clots that form in the legs can result in pain and swelling, and sometimes can travel to the lung where they can be potentially fatal. Blood clots that travel to the brain can causes strokes. Yaz carries all these risks, in addition to a few others, and women all over the country are filing Yaz lawsuits because of this.

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I am a smoker over age 35. Is it okay for me to take Yaz?

No. Women who smoke and who are over the age of 35 should not take Yaz or any other oral contraceptive due to the increased risk of blood clots.

I currently take Yaz but am concerned about the potential side effects. Is it ok for me to stop taking my pills?

No. The FDA continues to advise women who take drospirenone-containing birth control pills, such as Yaz, to talk to their doctor before discontinuing use. However, be sure and contact your doctor immediately if you develop any symptoms associated with blood clots, which include:

  • Persistent leg pain
  • Severe chest pain
  • Sudden shortness of breath.

 Does Yaz have a clear regulatory record with the FDA?

 No. Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Bayer), the manufacturer of Yaz, has received two formal warnings from the FDA regarding misleading advertisements to consumers. Each time, Bayer was accused of misrepresenting the drug’s indications, overstating its efficacy, and minimizing the serious risks that are associated with its use.

Has Yaz been recalled?

No, however the FDA has recently issued a MedWatch Safety Alert regarding drospirenone-containing birth control pills, citing increased concern over the risk of blood clots. A joint meeting between the Reproductive Health Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee has been scheduled for December 2011. This meeting will likely draw attention back to the serious risks associated with Yaz and other similarly-formulated birth control pills, and may pave the way for tighter restrictions on its use.

What if I have suffered an injury due to Yaz?

If you feel that you have suffered an injury due to Yaz you should talk to an attorney immediately. Each state has specific regulations defining the length of time an individual has to pursue a legal claim. If you fail to file a lawsuit within the allotted timeframe you may miss your opportunity to seek compensation for your injury.

  • Persistent leg pain
  • Severe chest pain
  • Sudden shortness of breath

In addition to its concerns over the major side effects associated with Yaz, the FDA also served Bayer with a warning letter in August 2009 regarding quality control problems at a manufacturing plant in Germany that produces one of the drug’s ingredients.