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Number Of Yaz Lawsuits Growing

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More than 900 product liability lawsuits have been filed in Bergen County, New Jersey against Yaz, while hundreds more have been filed in Philadelphia, California and Illinois, alleging that Bayer did not provide adequate warnings about the increased risks of serious side effects of the oral contraceptive including blood clots, heart attack, stroke and sudden death.

In May, Joan Cummings filed a lawsuit against Bayer after her 18-year-old daughter died suddenly while walking to class at Elon University in North Carolina. Cummings said that her daughter was familiar enough with Yaz, because of television commercials, that she asked her doctor for it by name before heading off to college.

Yaz, Yasmine and the generic Ocella, are oral contraceptives that contain a combination of the hormones estrogen ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone. They are marketed as able to clear up moderate acne, relieve some premenstrual symptoms, and prevent pregnancy. Studies recently published in the British Medical Journal show the oral contraceptives containing drospirenone were two to three times more likely to cause blood clots then older birth control pills. The FDA has issued a notice that is aware of the studies and is investigating complaints.

According to SDI-Health, sales of Yaz last year reached $361 million, after heavy marketing made Yaz and Yasmin top sellers. disclaimer: This article: Number Of Yaz Lawsuits Growing was posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 at 7:12 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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