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Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella Side Effect Lawsuits Increasing

At least 50 federal and state lawsuits have been filed against Bayer due to serous side effects associated with Yasmin / Yaz.

Both the drugs are oral contraceptives that contain synthetic versions of the hormones estrogen and progestin, and are associated with side effects including stroke, heart attack, pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, gallbladder problems, and kidney problems.

Lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin, alleging the company failed to adequately warn patients and physicians of the increased risk of serious adverse effects from Yaz Birth Control Medication. In certain cases, women have died due to these adverse effects of Yaz Birth Control.

Both birth control drugs contain ethinylestradiol, a synthetic estrogen that has been in use in oral contraceptives since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1943.

Ethinylestradiol can cause some minor side effects such as nausea, but has been used safely for decades. However, Yaz and Yasmin also contain 3 mg drospirenone, which is a relatively new synthetic progestin that is not used in other oral contraceptives. The health problems that result from taking the drugs may be caused by the drospirenone.

Drospirenone at 3mg (the amount found in Yaz and Yasmin) can potentially cause hyperkalemia in high-risk patients. Hyperkalemia is an elevated blood level of the electrolyte potassium. Extreme hyperkalemia is a medical emergency because it means there is a high risk of potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms. These abnormal heart rhythms can then cause the slowing of blood to the heart, which often causes the formation of blood clots. Those clots can lead to heart attacks or can break off and travel to the lungs causing pulmonary embolism, or to the brain, causing a stroke.

On July 24, 2009, a petition was filed to consolidate the many lawsuits against Bayer over Yaz and Yasmin into a multidistrict litigation (MDL). There is a hearing scheduled for September 24, 2009 to decide whether or not they will be consolidated.

According to Dr. Malik, a medical doctor- attorney handling several TexasYaz lawsuits says the litigation is still in the early stages. “A petition has been filed to combine all of the federal lawsuits into a multi-district litigation (MDL) case. Later this month, a panel of federal judges will determine whether the cases involve sufficiently common questions of fact, and whether or not to consolidate,” explained Dr. Malik.

Generally, consolidating a high volume of cases into an MDL saves money for both the plaintiffs and the defendants, and also removes some of the strain that so many cases would otherwise put on judicial resources. According to Dr. Malik, the Yaz MDL stands a good chance at being approved because nearly all the complaints are with regard to blood clotting, making the factual issue in each case very similar.

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 Fort Worth Texas Defective Drugs Product Liability Attorney Dr. Shezad Malik. For a no obligation, free case analysis, please call 817-255-4001 or Contact Me Online.

The Dr. Shezad Malik Law is currently evaluating and accepting Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella Side Effect cases.

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