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First Yasmin Lawsuit Filed in Canada Following Young Woman’s Death

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The family of Vicky Caprice Mersereau, 26, has filed a lawsuit against Bayer Inc., after Mersereau died of a large pulmonary embolism allegedly caused by the oral birth control Yasmin. Over 10,400 lawsuits have been filed against Yasmin and sister pill Yaz in the United States.

Last month, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning stating that oral contraceptives that contain the hormone drospirenone increase the risk of blood clots by 74 percent over older birth control pills on the market. Yasmine and Yaz are ‘fourth generation” low dose hormonal contraceptives, and have been top sellers in the US and Canada.

The FDA reproductive health and drug safety committee have scheduled a public hearing on December 8, to review the safety of Yasmin and the hormone drospirenone. Side effects linked to the drugs include stroke, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and gall bladder disease, CBC News has reported.

Health Canada has also announced a safety review of Yasmin and Yaz.

In 2010, a Canadian law firm filed a class action lawsuit against Bayer claiming the drug manufacturer failed to adequately warn physicians and consumers of the increased risks of serious health issues associated with the oral contraceptives as compared to older, safer birth control methods. disclaimer: This article: First Yasmin Lawsuit Filed in Canada Following Young Woman’s Death was posted on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 5:35 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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