More than 50 women claim in lawsuits filed in Indianapolis that they suffered strokes, heart attacks or other serious health problems while taking the birth control pills Yasmin or Yaz, manufactured by Bayer Healthcare Corp.
Across the nation, dozens of lawsuits have been filed in the past few months by women claiming similar health problems after taking the pills.
Yasmin, which has been marketed since 2001, and Yaz, since 2006, contain “fourth generation” steroidal formulations for oral contraceptives. They contain drospirenone, a novel new progestin.
Some of the women filing suits in Indianapolis reported problems including blood clots and pulmonary embolisms in their legs and lungs. Several required surgery to remove their gallbladders. Some suffered strokes that have left them with lifetime disabilities, according to their attorneys.
In August 2008, the Food and Drug Administration ordered Bayer to run advertisements correcting earlier marketing claims that the contraceptive had health benefits other than the approved FDA purposes. A $20 million ad campaign ran from February to July last year.
That was too late for Kimberley A. Johnson, Madison, one of the women suing Bayer in Indianapolis. The 37-year-old mother of two children had been on and off oral contraceptives several times through the years and had been taking Yasmin for about three months in 2007 when she developed back and chest pain.
“I was short of breath just before Thanksgiving that year, and I was having sharp pain when I took deep breaths. The worst was when I was laying down at night. I thought I was having a heart attack. I thought I was going to die,” she said.
Tests found numerous blood clots in both lungs. She has been taking blood thinners for two years to prevent more clots. Eventually, she’ll have to stop the thinners and hope the clots don’t come back, she said.
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The Dr. Shezad Malik Law is currently evaluating and accepting Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella side effect cases.
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