Mother Joins National Class-Action Lawsuit against Yaz Makers

On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. posted in Defective Medications on Thursday, June 2, 2011

About 8 months after her daughter collapsed and died suddenly, a New Jersey woman has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against drug maker Bayer Corp. The lawsuit claims that Bayer’s birth control drug Yaz created blood clots in the daughter’s lungs, which caused her death. The suit is part of a national class-action suit against Bayer and its subsidiaries that accuses the company of covering up health hazards associated with Yaz and similar birth control drugs that allegedly led to the deaths of at least 50 women.

The plaintiff’s daughter had just begun her freshman year at Elon University in North Carolina when she collapsed on her way to class on September 24, 2010. An autopsy found that blood clots in her lungs were responsible for her death. She had been taking Yaz for a year.

One of the ingredients in birth control drugs like Yaz, Yasmin – both of which are made by Bayer – and their generic versions is progestin. Progestin is controversial, with some studies indicating that the combination of progestin and estrogen in the body can cause serious side effects like slow heart rate and blood clots. According to the mother’s lawsuit, research has shown that Yaz and Yasmin have a greater risk of such side effects than competing birth control medications. Around 50 women reportedly died from side effects of taking Yaz and Yasmin between 2004 and 2008. However, the suit said that the true figure may be up to 100 times higher.

An executive with Bayer said that the company extensively tests all of its birth control medications. She said that Bayer would vigorously defend itself against the class action.

Source: Burlington Times News, “Mother of Elon student who died in 2010 sues drug company,” Michael D. Abernathy, May 22, 2011

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