It has been determined in recent years that Yaz belongs on the dangerous drugs list, as it has been the subject of a number of class action lawsuits around the country.
Cathy Wagamon, a Minnesota woman, has filed a lawsuit that states she suffered a pulmonary embolism as a direct result of her use of Yaz.
Both Yaz and Yasmin are oral contraceptives that are quite popular and they have been linked to stroke, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, gallbladder disease, deep vein thrombosis, and other serious life-threatening issues. A number of women have filed lawsuits against Bayer, the manufacturer, including Wagamon, whose lawsuit was filed in the multidistrict litigation case.
Wagamon is seeking compensation for the condition that she suffered from after using the drug. She states that Bayer failed to warn of the effects of the popular birth control pill.
Wagamon began taking it on October 1, 2009 and it was shortly after that she developed the pulmonary embolism after she developed deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which blood clots form deep within the veins. Pulmonary embolisms, on the other hand, can be potentially fatal because it involves a blood clot in the lungs.
Wagamon states in her suit that she would not have taken the pill had she known that there was such a high risk of developing these conditions. She cites the fact that the Food and Drug Administration did receive complaints from patients about the side effects shortly after the drug went on the market. However, Bayer Pharmaceuticals did not issue the proper warnings regarding the side effects and did not notify the FDA. The suit claims that Bayer continued to market Yaz as a superior birth control pill that was safe.
Some of the Yaz lawsuits in the country have been consolidated in an ongoing multidistrict litigation case that deals with the side effects of the medication. Settlements have been reached out of court and approximately 1,444 plaintiffs have received these settlements so far. This is a far cry from the 14,000 cases that are still pending.