Tiffany Paige Burcham in Tennessee and Jana Renee Kennedy in Arkansas have joined the ranks of thousands of other women by filing lawsuits over blood-clot related injuries they say are caused by the controversial birth control pills Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella.
One of the women developed a pulmonary embolism after taking the pills, and the other woman suffered from deep vein thrombosis. These complications are well-documented side effects of the fourth-generation contraceptives. These side effects and others — gallbladder disease, heart attacks, strokes and kidney stones — have forced thousands of women and their families to file failure-to-warn lawsuits against the manufacturer of the pills, Bayer.
These cases were filed by the plaintiffs in the Superior Court of California (San Francisco County) on September 17, 2013. The women included numerous charges in their complaint, including: “failure to warn, manufacturing defect, negligence, breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, deceit by concealment, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and violation of several California statutory codes.”
The drug giant has faced so many lawsuits that it has started to reach settlements in an effort to lessen the amount of payout money it is forced to pay. The company has paid out over a billion dollars so far, and more is expected to be doled out before there is an end in sight. Despite overwhelming evidence of the Yaz-related dangers, Bayer continues to maintain that the pills are safe — even selling the drugs in patch form in Europe. At one point, so many complaints were coming in about the dangers of Yaz that the FDA set up a panel advisory committee to decide if the pills should be recalled. However, that panel voted to keep the pills on the market with stricter warnings. That decision means many new users are still getting sick and even dying. This is also why Bayer will continue to lose an amazing amount of money in settlements.