Yaz Birth Control Lawsuits
Yaz birth control lawsuits have cropped up all over the U.S. as more and more women develop physical and emotional problems due to this combined-hormone contraceptive. Yaz birth control (drospirone/ethinyl estradiol) was the subject of a recent defective advertising settlement between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Attorneys General of 27 states and the maker of Yaz birth control, Bayer Healthcare.
The Federal/State Yaz Birth Control Lawsuit Settlement
According to the New York Times, Yaz has been the top-selling birth control pill in the U.S., with nearly 20 percent of the market. In 2008, more than $600 million dollars' worth of Yaz was sold in the U.S. However, the television commercials advertising Yaz were of concern to the FDA and Attorneys General because they implied that Yaz could be used to treat or cure symptoms for which it was not FDA-approved, such as:
- Keeping a woman's mild acne at bay
- Relieving symptoms of PMS (premenstrual syndrome):
- increased appetite
- muscle aches
Bayer agreed to make new commercials and print advertisements that did not promise more for Yaz than had been approved by the FDA, and that did not minimize the risks of Yaz birth control pills, which are many. Yaz is FDA-approved only for:
- preventing pregnancy
- treating the symptoms of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) in women who are using Yaz as their contraceptive
- treating moderate acne vulgaris in women who are using Yaz to prevent pregnancy
Individual Yaz Birth Control Lawsuits
Individuals who have suffered injuries as a result of Yaz birth control are eligible to seek compensation for their losses by filing a Yaz lawsuit. The injuries that provide a basis for a YAZ lawsuit include:
Some of these Yaz lawsuits also note the deceptive advertising of Yaz by Bayer and the minimal mention of the potential Yaz side effects - which include the above medical events. In a number of the Yaz lawsuits, the doctors or other healthcare providers that prescribed the Yaz are also named as defendants.
Yaz Class Action Lawsuit
It is suspected that a Yaz class action lawsuit may be inevitable as the number of women harmed by Yaz continues to rise. A class action is essentially a lawsuit pursued on behalf of many individuals with the same legal complaint - in this case, damages from Yaz use.
If one or more Yaz class action lawsuits are initiated, an excellent source for learning more about it is a product liability law firm in your area. These firms have attorneys who focus their legal practice on helping the victims of defective or dangerous products, including drugs and other birth control methods.
For more information about Yaz birth control lawsuits, contact a Yaz birth control lawyer today. We will schedule a private, no-cost consultation with a defective drug attorney experienced in handling Yaz lawsuits.
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