In an annual 2009 report released by Bayer, the number of contraceptive lawsuits over Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella has risen to about 1,100 filed cases, and that number will continue to increase as thousands of women are considering claims for serious injuries that have been caused by side effects of the birth control pills.
Included among the claims are five Yasmin and Yaz class action lawsuits; three filed in the United States and two filed in Canada, according to Bayer’s 2009 annual report released late last month.
All of the lawsuits involve allegations that Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella increase the risk that women may suffer a stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and gallbladder disease. The plaintiffs claim that Bayer failed to adequately research the birth control pills or warn about the increased risks when compared to other available forms of oral birth control.
Yaz and Yasmin are two similar birth control pills that are both manufactured by Bayer, containing a combination of ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone, a new type of progestin. Ocella, which is a generic version of Yasmin, is distributed by Barr Laboratories, Inc. Bayer indicated in the annual report that they are taking over Barr’s defense in certain Ocella lawsuits under the terms of their licensing agreement.
Yaz litigation claims allege that the oral contraceptives have been responsible for at least 50 deaths in the U.S. alone, with some estimating the number is closer to 60.
Many of the lawsuits also claim that Bayer over-promoted Yaz and Yasmin, alleging that the drug maker advertised additional benefits over other birth control pills without fully disclosing the potential increased risk of problems from Yasmin and Yaz.
According to Bayer’s annual report, the drug maker expects that the number of lawsuits will continue to climb. Yaz and Yasmin lawyers are continuing to review potential cases for women who have suffered injuries, and some estimates suggest as many as 25,000 women could file a suit over the birth control pills.
If you or a family member has been personally injured because of the fault of someone else: by the use of dangerous and defective drugs, bad products, or toxic injury etc then please contact the Dallas Texas Defective Drugs Product Liability Attorney Dr. Shezad Malik. For a no obligation, free case analysis, please call 888-210-9693 or Contact Me Online.
The Dr. Shezad Malik Law Firm is currently evaluating and accepting Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella side effect cases.
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