Warning: Yaz Has Side Effects
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on December 10th, 2009
If you or a loved one was prescribed Yaz birth control pills, you probably believed it would prevent pregnancy, while curing acne, treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), and controlling cramps. Why wouldn’t you? That is what the advertisements claimed. What they didn’t say is that Yaz can also cause blood clots in the legs, heart attacks, gall bladder disease and other serious side effects.
For many months, Yaz was advertised as a “golden birth control pill,” while failing to warn of the potentially serious and life-ending side effects. The deceptive advertising practices of the Bayer pharmaceutical company — the maker of Yaz — prompted the Food & Drug Administration to issue a warning. While Yaz commercials did make the correction, for millions of women it was too little, too late.
Deceptive practices by pharmaceutical companies are more common than you think. Yaz is only one example of a drug that can cause more harm than good. Others include, Hydroxycut, Vioxx, Baycol and Fen Phen. Unfortunately, many consumers never know the risks involved with these medications until they suffer the consequences.
Pharmaceutical companies need to be held liable for their actions. Not only is it unfair to lie, deceive and cheat consumers, it also unethical and illegal. Causing someone pain and suffering, possibly even death, is not a laughing matter. It is a serious injustice that must be dealt with in the court of law.
Know that if you are a victim of a Yaz or another defective drug, you have legal options. Some valid claims you may be able to make against a drug company include:
- Failure to warn of the dangerous side effects
- Failure to issue a recall for the dangerous prescription after learning of the serious side effects
- Deceptive marketing and false advertising
- Knowingly encouraging the use of a dangerous and defective prescription drug
- Failure to perform adequate tests and research that would expose the harmful side effects
Also, know that you are not alone. In Pennsylvania, several women have already taken the step to file complaints against Bayer for Yaz side effects. These women, and others like them across the country, suffered a variety of ailments from pulmonary embolisms to gallbladder disease. Several required surgery. In fact, so many people have suffered complications that motions have been filed to consolidate them into a single class action lawsuit, giving the plaintiffs a stronger front against a powerful and heavily represented pharmaceutical company. See this Yaz lawsuit article for more information.
The Yaz birth control pill has cost many women their health, and in some cases, their life. At MyPhillyLawyer, we hope that Bayer and other pharmaceutical companies will open their eyes to the pain and suffering they cause, and stop deceptive advertising practices. In the mean time, our firm will be there to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable and to help recover compensation for our injured clients.