Bayer Pharmaceuticals released a birth control pill called Yaz a few years ago. With the aggressive marketing, hip name, and catch ads, Yaz hit the market in 2006 with a bang. Over the next 4 years, Bayer spent over $270 million on advertising – one of the most aggressive marketing campaignes for any drug it had marketed. Very popular with the teens and women in their early 20s, Yaz was frequently prescribed. In fact, it was the most commonly prescribed birth control pill in the U.S.
However, the honeymoon was shortlived with Yaz. Bayer was accused, and proven by the FDA, of overstating the efficiency of this birth control pill. By doing so, thousands of young women of childbearing age were endangered. In addition, Bayer did not give very much disclosure about the drug’s side effects. Since the release of this drug, there have been over 10,000 lawsuits filed with Bayer over the results and side effects of Yaz. Yaz now must have the most serious health warning attached, called the “black box warning”, required by the FDA. The FDA also forced Bayer to pay $20 million to develop new ads.
Bayer also advertised Yaz, Ocella, and Yasmin as an effective treatment for PMDD, PMS, and even acne. The drugs do have some effectiveness with PMDD and mild acne, but does not present an effective cure for either. When Bayer’s advertising did mention the side effects of its drug, it used music and videos to distract the viewers so that they would not notice the warnings.
COMMON SIDE EFFECTS
Birth control pills have some side effects in common, But, Yaz has more than its fair share of side effects. Part of this is because Yaz uses a form of synthetic progestin. This synthetic progestin – called drospirenone, is a 4th generation version of the progestin put in birth control pills since the 1960s. Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella – all the same drug – have caused death or injury to several thousands of women. The most common side effects are:
- Heart attacks
- Blood clots in the legs (deep vein thrombosis)
- Blood clots in their lungs (pulmonary embolism)
- Gallbladder disease
- Arrhythmia of the heart
- Electrolyte imbalance
Not only does Yaz seen to cause more side effects than other birth control pills, studies have shown that women who use Yaz rather than older, more established birth control pills, are 2 X as likely to develop these blood clots. Quite often, these blood clots, heart attacks, and strokes cause sudden death, with no opportunity to counteract any damage that may have occurred.
Yaz will elevate the levels of potassium in your body. This can cause serious, life-threatening heart problems. At least one hundred women have died from taking Yaz, and thousands more have been injured.
If you or someone you know have taken Yaz, Ocella, or Yasmine, and developed any of these side effects, you should call a doctor immediately. If you have suffered injury, call David Grebel, a successful lawsuit attorney for Yaz.