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Dad Sues Yasmin, Ocella After Daughter Dies

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ASHEVILLE, NC. – Scott Prewitt has filed a lawsuit in Bunscombe County Court, against Yasmin and Ocella oral contraceptive manufacturers and distributors, Bayer, Barr Laboratories, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Intendis, and the Asheville Children’s Medical Center, Dr. William Bryan III, and Kelly Klaaren, alleging that side effects of Yasmin and Ocella caused his 15-year-old daughter to die from pulmonary embolisms.

According to the lawsuit, Prewitt’s daughter, Brittany Nicole, was prescribed the oral contraceptives in 2007, when she was 13, for acne.  She used Yasmin until August 2008, when her dermatologist changed the prescription to the generic form of Yasmin, called Ocella, which she took until her death on June, 13, 2009.

The lawsuit says that before her death, Brittany went to Dr. Bryan on May 20, 2009 for a red, swollen are behind her knee that was causing pain. The doctor diagnosed “superficial cellulitis”. On June 4, 2009, Kelly Klaaren, a physician’s assistant, diagnosed “dermatitis” for a rash that had developed across her abdomen, between her breasts, under her neck and on her wrists. On June 13, Brittany had seizures, collapse and died. An autopsy revealed blood clots in both lungs.

The lawsuit alleges that “despite the wealth of scientific and medical evidence” Bayer and the other defendants ignored the correlation between Yasmin, Ocella and Yaz and the increased risk of blood clots. Prewitt also said that Bayer had been warned multiple times by the FDA against misleading the public by overstating the efficiency of Yasmin and Yaz and minimizing the serious risks the drugs pose.

The lawsuit alleges wrongful death, product liability, failure to warn, breach of warranty, unfair trade practices and negligence, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages. disclaimer: This article: Dad Sues Yasmin, Ocella After Daughter Dies was posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 6:29 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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