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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Yaz Manufacturer

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A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by Joan Cummins of Hackettstown, New Jersey, against the Bayer Corporation alleging that Bayer’s Yaz oral contraceptive caused the sudden death of daughter, Michelle Pfleger, aged 18.

The lawsuits alleges that “Yaz is a dangerous prescription drug sold without adequate warnings about the risks of serious and fatal injuries.” And that  “Bayer failed to warn doctors and patients that Yaz poses a greater risk of serious side effects than previous generations of oral contraceptives.”

The lawsuit comes after the British Medical Journal reported that women who take oral contraceptives with the drospirenone hormone, have a two- or three-fold increase of developing serious blood clots, then women taking oral contraceptives that do not contain drospirenone.

Michelle Pfleger collapsed on her way to class at Elon University in North Carolina. The autopsy showed that she died from cardiac arrest triggered by a pulmonary emboli (blood clot in the lungs).

An attorney for the plaintiff said that “The FDA’s adverse event database for Yaz reveals many serious adverse events associated with use of the drug, including many deaths, strokes, heart attacks, blood clots in young and healthy women.” She continued,  “Bayer must take legal responsibility for injuries Yaz has inflicted on young women and teenagers across America.” disclaimer: This article: Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Yaz Manufacturer was posted on Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 7:28 pm at and is filed under Defective Drug Lawsuits.

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