A Florida woman whose ob-gyn prescribed Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceutical’s fourth-generation birth control medication, Yaz, is suing the manufacturer after suffering from a stroke, having her gallbladder removed and more. She joins thousands of other women just like her who say that these types of injuries were unnecessary and could have been avoided – if the company had only warned them.
Yaz Injury Victim May Need Long-Term Care
Florida resident Latonia Jones’ lawsuit against Bayer alleges that she suffered permanent injuries after taking Yaz, and doctors say that she will likely require long-term care. Jones started taking Yaz in 2007 – only a year after it came on the market – and continued to take it until 2010. However, shortly afterward, she suffered a stroke, pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrhythmia and eventually had to have her gallbladder removed.
Her Yaz injury lawsuit, which is similar to numerous others currently pending in the multi-district litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, claims that Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals sold Yaz and its sister drug, Yasmin, without providing adequate warnings of the known increased risks of serious side effects such as:
- Heart Attack or Stroke
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary Embolism (PE)
- Gallbladder Disease
- Sudden Death.
Although Jones didn’t know it at the time, it was later reported that Bayer spent nearly $300 million in advertising Yaz and Yasmin to young women. The company made outrageous claims that these drugs would treat all severities of acne and PMS (premenstrual syndrome). In 2009, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration put its foot down, told Bayer to pull its misleading ads and forced them to spend $20 million on new ads.
Have You Been Injured?
If you’ve been injured by Yaz, Yasmin, Ocella, Beyaz or another “fourth-generation” birth control drug which contains drospirenone, contact The Driscoll Firm, LLC, to determine whether you might be entitled to compensation in the form of earnings loss, hospital and medical expenses, mental anguish, disfigurement, pain and suffering and more.