Yaz and Beyaz May Result in Fatalities

February 26th, 2016


As an Alabama products liability attorney, I closely follow reports of potentially harmful medications. Yaz and Beyaz, two major birth control pills heavily promoted for their ability to control pre-menstrual issues such as bloating and acne, may come with potentially deadly side effects. Yaz and Beyaz both contain dropsirenone, a form of progestin that has been linked to significant side effects. Side effects include:

  • Heart attack
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Stroke
  • Blood clots
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Death

The FDA has issued numerous warnings to Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz and Beyaz, but the manufacturer continues to market the medications. The FDA has received notification of at least 50 deaths in women taking Yaz and Beyaz, including that of a 17-year-old girl. The drugs continue to be sold, and an estimated 12 million women in the U.S. have been prescribed Yaz, Beyaz, or Ocella (a generic version of the medication).

The drugs bring in billions of dollars annually in sales, even as the startling side effects continue. The pills are promoted as medication that not only prevents pregnancy, but also prevents bloating and reduces adult acne. A 2012 FDA warning states that Yaz, Beyaz, and other birth control pills with dropsirenone result in three times the chance of developing blood clots compared to birth control pills without the hormone. Although Bayer now has added a warning label to these medications, it may not be enough to prevent harmful side effects, and the pills remain on the market.

In an interview with NPR, Dr. Frits Rosendaal said that the safest birth control pill is, “surprisingly, one of the oldest pills.” He further warns about the possible risks associated with new medications and urges consumers to carefully follow reports of side effects.

At least 12,000 women have brought claims against Bayer for the side effects associated with Yaz, Beyaz, and Ocella. In July, 2015 Bayer agreed to a settlement of no less than $2 billion to resolve these claims. Other claims have been addressed separately.

If you have suffered a serious side effect as the result of taking Yaz or Beyaz, contact our Alabama products liability attorney today. Side effects like heart attack, stroke, blood clots, and pulmonary embolism can result in significant medical bills and lost wages. Our experienced Alabama products liability attorney will fight to get you the compensation you deserve as we bring these potentially dangerous drugs to light! Contact the Garmon Law Firm today online or by phone at 256-543-HURT.

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