Federal lawsuits have been filed against Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals in regards to two popular birth control pills: Yaz and Yasmin.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Bayer did not warn women and their doctors of the pills’ high risk of injury — most commonly blood clots — while over promoting the drug’s benefits

Yaz is a widely used birth control pill that has been linked to blood clot injuries.

Our firm’s San Diego personal injury attorneys believe it is important for companies to report the positives of their products, but communicating negatives is just as important … if not more.

Birth control pills have a wide range of side effects that could lead to an injury from product liability.  Blood clotting is common with Bayer’s birth control pill, but other birth control pills have been linked to weight gain as well as high levels of serotonin which can lead to depression.

Four lawsuits — three in Ohio and one in Wisconsin — were filed consecutively on July 7, 9 and 10, 2009 after Bayer made an agreement with the FDA in 2008 to run a $20 million ad campaign designed to correct the problems of not focusing on risks.  The FDA warned Bayer that Yaz contains the hormone drospirenone, which can increase potassium levels.  Too much potassium can lead to liver failure and cause wrongful death.

Women have been using various birth control pill brands in the United States since its creation in the 1960s.  The pill is usually the first defense against unwanted pregnancy (aside from abstinence).  A product used by this many people should be carefully tested and researched to prevent personal injury and then later require medical treatment.

The personal injury attorneys in San Diego want to take every opportunity to discuss the dangers of certain products.  With widely used products like the birth control pill, careful observation should be done so that women are taking a product the right way to avoid injuries.

Please feel free to call us now at 1-858-551-2090 or click here for a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced personal injury attorney.  We have a large bilingual staff that can assist you in either English or Spanish.

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