Name: Yaz / Yasmin
Manufacturer: Bayer AG
Date approved: 2006
Status: Serious Side Effects Possible
Approved uses: Contraception, Premenstrual dysphoric disorder(PMDD)
Off-Label uses: Acne Control
• Gallbladder Disease
• Deep Vein Thrombosis
• Pulmonary Embolism
Common Misspellings: Yas
Yaz (also known as drospirenone/ethinyl Estradiol. Generic : Ocella) is a birth control pill developed and manufactured by Bayer, AG. The medicine works by disrupting a woman’s natural menstrual cycle and providing a daily dose of hormones to regulate a new menstrual cycle. Bayer AG has been involved in a few discussions with the Food and Drug Administration over questionable advertising campaigns seeming to suggest that Yasmin/Yaz has less side effects than other contraceptive medications. Recent reports indicate that dangerous side effects could occur in women with preexisting conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or obesity.
Federal Lawsuits Allege Yasmin/Yaz Responsible for Several Deaths Nationwide
Reports have surfaced recently about possible dangers of Yasmin/Yaz in persons with some preexisting conditions. Federal lawsuits filed recently allege that since Yasmin and Yaz have been available on the market and prescribed by physicians, there have been over 50 related deaths and hundreds of serious health concerns due to complications with the medicine. Class action suits have been filed in both Ohio and Wisconsin with the possibility of patients in other states getting on board soon.
Yasmin and Yaz are monophasic, combined oral contraceptive pills, developed by Bayer AG. They are a combination of two main chemicals: drospirenone and ethinylestradiol. The complications seem to be a result of the drospirenone; as it is processed in the body, women can experience increased levels of potassium in their blood over a period of time. These raised levels are potentially dangerous for women with preexisting conditions such as diabetes, obesity, chronic high blood pressure, renal (kidney) conditions, history of stoke, or deep vein thrombosis. Complications arising from increased potassium levels in the blood include deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, blood clots and renal (kidney) complications. These dangerous Yasmin side effects have worried many patients taking the medication and have raised concerns for physicians as well.
In addition to the health risks potentially posed by the medicine, Bayer AG has also been in legal trouble over what lawsuits claim are misleading advertising campaigns. Two warnings have been given to Bayer by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the first in 2003 and the second in 2008. The most recent warning from the FDA reprimanded Bayer, claiming the Yaz television ads misled the public by inflating the drug’s efficacy while minimizing the risk of side effects. According to California’s attorney general, Bayer’s deceptive ad campaign led young women to believe that its oral contraceptive would cure symptoms for which it was not approved for use. Bayer has since been ordered to spend $20 million correcting the campaign as well as agreeing to restrictions requiring Bayer to submit further Yasmin/Yaz advertisments to the FDA for review before they launch on air.
Quality Legal Advice from LegalView
For those affected by Yasmin side effects, there may be a possibility of legal recourse and potentially monetary compensation for unnecessary pain and suffering. Medical complications and procedures could potentially cost more than the typical insurance coverage an individual carries. To this end, it is in the best interest of the patient to contact an experienced Yasmin attorney if they have been harmed by this potentially dangerous drug.