The latest lawsuit filed against Bayer over its Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills involves an Oklahoma woman who alleges that she developed deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after taking the oral contraceptive Yasmin. Angela Cobb filed her complaint on November 28, 2012 in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Illinois, where it joined the Yaz multidistrict litigation (MDL) under Judge David J. Herndon. If you took the birth control pills Yaz or Yasmin and you have since suffered a serious side effect like deep vein thrombosis, contact our experienced attorneys at Atkins & Markoff to discuss your legal options. You may have grounds to file a lawsuit against drug firm Bayer, in order to pursue financial compensation for your injuries.
BAYER ACCUSED OF FAILED TO WARN
According to the complaint, Cobb was diagnosed with DVT after taking Yasmin for only two months. She began taking the oral contraceptive in October 2002, and in early December, she developed deep vein thrombosis in her left calf and thigh. Although Cobb discontinued Yasmin treatment that same month, she claims that she has since suffered chronic DVT in that same part of her body. Cobb’s lawsuit also notes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent warning letters to the manufacturer of Yaz and Yasmin, Bayer, indicating that the drug firm failed to adequately warn the public about the risk of side effects associated with Yaz and Yasmin use. In her lawsuit, Cobb is seeking damages in excess of $75,000 as compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
YAZ AND YASMIN LINKED TO DVT IN STUDY
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein, most commonly in the lower left leg. The condition most often affects women over 60, and can lead to serious complications like blocked circulation and pulmonary embolism. According to a study commissioned by the FDA and involving 835,000 women, the use of Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills greatly increases a patient’s risk of developing dangerous blood clots. Even after reviewing the results of this study, an FDA advisory panel voted to keep Yaz on the market, but required that stronger warnings about blood clots be added to the drug label.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS FOR HELP
In light of the potential for Yaz and Yasmin to cause life-threatening side effects, thousands of women who believe they were harmed by the oral contraceptives have filed lawsuits against Bayer seeking compensation for their injuries. Nearly 3,500 of the Yaz and Yasmin lawsuits have resulted in settlements, and, to date, Bayer has paid out roughly $750 million in settlements related to the birth control pills. If you have suffered a serious side effect and you believe the oral contraceptives Yaz or Yasmin to be the cause, consult our knowledgeable lawyers at Atkins & Markoff today. Our team of qualified attorneys has extensive experience protecting the legal rights of patients harmed by pharmaceutical drugs, and will work diligently to help you seek fair and timely reimbursement for your losses.