Everything You Need To Know About The Yaz Recall

Status of the Yaz Recall

Even though there have been numerous studies on the severe side effects of Yaz, a recall still has not been issued. Though this drug has not been the focus of a recall, people who have been closely monitoring drugs safety are deeply worried about Yaz as compared to other similar oral contraceptives. These watchdogs have called for a strict evaluation about Yaz, the manufacturer and federal regulators.
On top of this, Bayer’s relation with the U.S Food and Drug Administration or FDA advisory committee has been doubted. It was revealed that members of the FDA advisory committee have been working with Bayer, which explains, for some people, why no recall has been issued.

Yaz Recall
Reasons for Yaz Recall
Yaz consumers developing severe medical conditions have come out a few months after the release of this drug in the market. Though there have been studies from funded industries which demonstrated that Yaz had not contributed to any of these medical conditions, private researchers have decided to take the initiative and investigate more about the said drug.
According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration, their study have showed that the risk of developing blood clots is raised by 74% for women taking oral contraceptives with drospirenone, an ingredient found in Yaz. Therefore, people asked for a recall for the drug. However, this was refuted by Bayer, the manufacturer of Yaz, stating that there were no other risks aside from the common side effects of oral contraceptive pills, thus, a drug recall was not necessary.

The issue with synthetic progesterone
Numerous women around the globe have switched to Yaz. With a promising ad as the best-yet birth control pill with several benefits, such as, losing weight, prevent acne and premenstrual mood swings, Yaz had no problem topping the sales market for oral contraceptives during its release in 2006.
Most oral contraceptives in the market contain synthetic estrogen and progesterone. While it is true that Yaz does have a synthetic estrogen similar to other birth control pills, its synthetic progesterone, drospirenone,is the questionable element.
In fact, drospirenone was associated to pulmonary embolism, higher risk of blood clots, strokes, heart attack, high potassium levels and even gallbladder diseases.

FDA Advisory Committee’s Conclusion on the Recall of Yaz

Though consumer watchdogs have been voicing out a Yaz recall, the Food and Drug Administration have not made an absolute decision about the argument, instead, they have assembled an advisory committee to take a closer look into this oral contraceptive pill. Advisory committees are often composed of independent specialists in a specific medical filed. This was a common approach of the FDA to help provide suggestions.
The research then came out with a result of: (Panel votes)
15 to 11 in favor of keeping this oral contraceptive pill available on the market and 21 to 5 for a drug change label.
A few days after, a nonprofit group called Project On Government Oversight (POGO) highly doubted this result along with the panel’s disapproval of including a warning label on Yaz to make consumers aware that there would be a risk of developing blood clots.
POGO’s executive director Danielle Brian pointed out that the joint committee’s conclusion should be disregarded because of the industry ties of 4 of the advisory committee members with Bayer.
Yasmin Recall
Yaz victims still waiting for Yaz Recall
Though issues about Bayer’s relation to the FDA have been exposed, the unfortunate victims of Yaz are still waiting for changes. No Yaz recall has been made so far and Yaz still remains available on the market, only now with a 4 sentence label implying that there is a risk of developing blood clots when using oral contraceptives in general.  An absolute action on the conflicts of interests is still awaited for the FDA.
As of October 2012, Bayer has received as much as 11,300 Yaz claims filed by patients who suffered from Yaz-related injuries and has paid $750 million to settle thousands from those lawsuits. These patients have used a legal system to assist them for these injuries.
If you are a victim of Yaz, fill out our case evaluation form to learn if you qualify for compensation now.

by Elisabeth Warren

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Yaz and Pulmonary Embolism : Can you file a lawsuit?

Yaz Pulmonary Embolism : Information and compensation

A 24-year old pediatric nurse from Madison, Wisconsin named Carissa Ubersox took Yaz, an oral contraceptive. She was prescribed Yaz not only for birth control, but also to regulate acne and premenstrual bloating as well. But, something terrible happened after a few weeks of taking Yaz, she was brought to the hospital because of pulmonary embolism, a disease where blood clots are formed in the lungs. She remained in deep coma for several weeks.

Yaz Pulmonary Embolism
These blood clots were triggered by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). When blood clots are present in the lungs, they can obstruct a coronary artery leading to heart attacks and other severe conditions. Women taking Yaz have twice or three times more chance of getting blood clots than women taking other birth control pills.
If you or someone you know have taken Yaz and have suffered from pulmonary embolism, you may qualify for compensation for medical expenses and other related conditions. Know your legal rights and learn more about the effects of Yaz and pulmonary embolism, fill out the free case review form that you will find on this website and learn if you qualify.
Yaz linked to a higher risk of developing pulmonary embolism
Yaz has been linked to pulmonary embolism. According to studies, the root cause is found in the composition of Yaz. Though similar oral contraceptives contain synthetic estrogen, an ingredient of Yaz called drospirenone, a synthetic progesterone, seems to be the element causing blood clots.
This questionable ingredient drospirenone can only be found on Bayer’s birth control pills. Drospirenone has been cited to increase risks of embolisms, heart attacks, strokes, blood clots and potassium levels that may be fatal.
Deep vein thrombosis results from a long phase of immobility, a condition often associated to long-haul travelers. Swelling of the legs is experienced when clots are formed within the deep veins, and once they break off, they can reach your lungs in no time.
Blood clots have been commonly linked to all oral contraceptives, primarily because of their irregular estrogen levels. However, based on research, deep vein thrombosis was most common among women who intook Yaz.
A study from the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in 2011 revealed that Yaz and Yasmin, sister birth control drugs manufactured by Bayer, were closely related to deep vein thrombosis. The study involved 1.3 million Dutch and Danish women who presented a risk of blood clot six times greater because of drospirenone, a fact laid out by the New York Times. This was contested by Bayer Healthcare, that implied that the risk of their pills was similar to any other birth control pills in the market.

FDA and Yaz pulmonary embolism
The FDA stepped in and decided to closely evaluate Yaz. They assembled an advisory committee to determine if the drug was safe enough to remain on the U.S. market. The committee was composed of mostly gynecological medical specialists, who decided to keep Yaz on the market. However, a few days after this was announced, it was pointed out that several of the committee members were under Bayer. The FDA was asked to monitor and establish another neutral committee.

Yasmin Pulmonary Embolism
Unfortunately for Ubersox, she had remained blind after her coma. She decided to take legal actions by filing a lawsuit against Bayer and was then followed by thousands of women with their families in several federal and state courts. The bellwether (test) trial for multi-district litigation (MDL) was postponed by the federal judge handling the case who ordered mediation on both sides. The mediation has also put other state civil lawsuits on hold, awaiting the result of the mediation.
Fill out our case evaluation to learn if you can get compensated for your Yaz pulmonary embolism case.

by Elisabeth Warren

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Gallbladder Disease : Another Serious Yaz Side Effect

Yaz Gallbladder Lawsuit : Information and Compensation

Millions of women around the globe have been drawn to taking Yaz without further research of what side effects this birth control pill could cause.

Yaz Gallbladder Disease
The effect of Yaz to the gallbladder

An unfortunate event like cholecystectomy, a procedure to remove the gallbladder, may occur and chances of this happening is increased as you continuously intake Yaz. Yaz has also been associated with raising cholesterol levels that can generate calcified specks of cholesterol in the gallbladder which can lead to gallbladder diseases.
Various studies have confirmed that the drospirenone contained in Yaz is directly affecting the gallbladder. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), Yaz increases the risk of having a gallbladder disease by 20% which was later countered by Bayer Healthcare (manufacturer of Yaz) whom refuted that their own clinical research brought opposite results.
Yaz gallbladder disease = surgery
When diagnosed with a gallbladder disease, a patient will have to go through a painful surgery with a long recovery time. The primary job of your gallbladder, a pear-shaped hollow organ lying underneath the liver, is to store and concentrate bile, a digestive liquid produced by the liver. A poor gallbladder will cause any of these conditions or diseases:
-    Gallstones or Cholelithiasis – formed by hardened bile which will cause inflammation (also known as Cholecystitis) and discomfort.
-    Unsupervised gallstones will later lead to Gallbladder cancer.
-    Gallstone Pancreatitis – A deadly side effect of Yaz which blocks the duct of the pancreas, causing it to be inflamed.
When these conditions get worse, doctors will then recommend removal of the gallbladder which requires a laparoscopy or an abdominal incision. Though this may momentarily control the problem, it can also promote a long term fat malabsorption and diarrhea primarily caused by the missing gallbladder. Patients are also at risk of experiencing a postcholecystectomy syndrome causing frequent pain, bloating, gas and vomiting.

Yasmin Gallbladder Disease
Several Yaz gallbladder disease lawsuits againt Bayer
Around11,000 Yaz gallbladder disease lawsuits were filed against Bayer in state and federal courts. On top of this, pulmonary embolism, heart attacks, blood clots and strokes, were also linked to this drug. The bellwether (test) trial listed for the month of January 2012 was postponed by a federal judge who handles the Yaz multidistrict litigation in Illinois, and ordered mediation on both sides. Along with this, state court cases were also postponed on Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which are waiting for the result of the mediation.
Once the bellwether trial resumes, cases of pulmonary embolism caused by Yaz will be heard first where one case will be selected by the defendants (Bayer) and another chosen by the plaintiffs. Next are the cases that involve women who had suffered from gallbladder diseases or damages, and lastly, blood clot related injury cases.

by Elisabeth Warren

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