Yaz Timeline: On the Market to On Trial
Manufacturing giant Bayer continues to face legal problems regarding their most popular birth control pill, and they have since Yaz came on the market. If you or anyone you know took the oral contraceptive and experienced complications, click here to file a free case review and explore your best legal options.
What is Yaz?
Yaz is an oral contraceptive that was also approved in 2006 to treat premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a severe form of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Since receiving its initial approval in 2006, Yaz has faced continued adversity, including FDA warnings and thousands of lawsuits.
2006 – Yaz receives FDA approval as an oral contraceptive and for the treatment of PMDD and is released to public.
2008 – FDA issues warning to Bayer that advertisements for Yaz are misleading, saying the ads overstated the drug’s effectiveness and falsely claimed to treat PMS. The FDA also required the use of its black box warning on all Yaz packaging to caution women about the increased risk of cardiovascular side effects caused by the oral contraceptive.
2009 – Studies link oral contraceptives containing drospirenone, such as Yaz, to an increased rate of dangerous blood clots.
2009 – Yaz lawsuits are consolidated into multidistrict litigation (MDL) in Illinois.
2012 – Bayer has paid out more than $400 million to settle almost 2,000 lawsuits.
2012 – Further studies show women who take Yaz and similar oral contraceptives may be three-times more likely to develop dangerous blood clots.
2013 – The pharmaceutical giant shells out $1.4 billion to settle claims that the drug caused serious blood clot-related injuries.
2015 – Bayer pays $57 million to settle MDL for Yaz lawsuits filed in four states.
2016 – FDA has received nearly 11,000 reports of serious complications due to the drug from manufacturers and health professionals, who report on a voluntary basis.
Taking Legal Action
Although Yaz lawsuits and settlements have been ongoing, complaints continue to file in as more and more women who were prescribed Yaz experience serious complications such as stroke, heart attack, liver cancer and gallbladder disease, among others. If you or a loved one have experienced any of these complications after taking the birth control pill Yaz, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. To determine your best course of legal action, click here to file a free case review with an experienced product liability attorney who will analyze the specific details of your personal case.