Yaz® gained considerable attention across the country after it was introduced in the market in 2006. Apart from preventing pregnancy, this drug was also advertised by its manufacturer Bayer, an established manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of pharmaceuticals, to treat premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and acne. Due to being a marketed treatment for such issues, other related drugs Ocella® and Yasmin® also gained popularity at the time.
Ocella was intended to be the generic version marketed across the country by Teva Pharmaceuticals and originally manufactured by the efforts of Barr Laboratories. On the other hand, Yasmin was introduced by Bayer as a lower-dose edition of the Yaz drug. Despite their differences, the manufacturers of these pharmaceuticals are now finding themselves in court due to the severe risks and side effects Yaz, Ocella, and Yasmin have put patients through.
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the United States) Adverse Events reporting system showed that consumption of Yasmin and Yaz caused serious problems and side effects such as:
- Electrolyte Imbalance,
- Heart Arrhythmia’s,
- Blood Clots,
- Gallbladder Problems,
- And sudden death in rare cases
It is the direct responsibility of pharmaceutical companies to create safe drugs that properly warn the patients about any underlying risks or side effects. Moreover, the companies are also primarily responsible for advertising the uses of the drugs accurately. Following the massive wave of side effects and problems caused by Yaz and the others, Bayer was widely criticized for allegedly failing to meet both primary warning responsibilities.
As per the FDA’s official statements on the matter, the commercials marketed by Bayer were wrong in suggesting that the Yaz pharmaceutical had approval for treating acne and PMS at all levels of severity. The truth was that the drug only had approval for treating moderate acne and PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). The FDA further complained that the well renowned manufacturer of pharmaceuticals had overstated the efficiency of the contraceptive drug for treating both of these conditions.
If you went through a life changing problem or side effect after taking Ocella, Yasmin, or Yaz, then you maybe entitled to receive compensation for the resulting injury and harm caused to you.
If you or a loved one was injured or possibly killed after taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, contact McGartland Law Firm, PLLC immediately! Whatever your case may be, it is highly recommended that you consult an experienced pharmaceutical injury lawyer who has previously dealt with many similar types of cases.